Grand Rounds: First Metatarsophalangeal Joint Replacement

J Foot Ankle Surg. Jan-Feb 1996;35(1):78-85. doi: 10.1016/s1067-2516(96)80017-2.


For approximately 30 years foot and ankle surgeons have been using a variety of techniques and devices to replace the first metatarsophalangeal joint. During this time there have been a multitude of implant designs and modifications, most attempting to anatomically and functionally replace the natural joint surfaces. The advantages and disadvantages of these many designs and various biomaterials has long been debated in scientific meetings and publications. Surgical technique, implant design, materials, and patient selection remain areas of heated debate and ongoing research. With this in mind, we asked leading foot and ankle surgeons to give their opinions on indications and utilization for joint replacement of the first metatarsophalangeal joint.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Joint Prosthesis*
  • Materials Testing
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint / surgery*
  • Postoperative Care
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Failure
  • Reoperation