Osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis or arthroplasty can cause lasting damage to the foot. The big toe, in particular, is a significant source of pain that can be intense enough to impede mobility and make it harder for arthritis sufferers to live a normal life. OsteoMed’s ReFlexion implant can help.
What Is OsteoArthritis?
Osteoarthritis of the metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) is the second-most common foot problem, after bunions (known in medical circles as hallux valgus). In most cases, onset of pain happens slowly over time—though it can also happen quickly as the result of a trauma or injury. Over time, arthritis in the joint leads to the creation of bone spurs and increasing deformation of the foot and joint. Movement and mobility can suffer, and pain becomes severe.
What Is the ReFlexion?
ReFlexion is an implant designed to take the place of the first MPJ in cases where osteoarthritis or other related pathologies have become severe. The surgeon removes the destroyed joint and any painful bone spurs to make room for the precision-engineered ReFlexion joint replacement. The entire procedure is handled through a small incision on the base of the foot for a minimally invasive operation designed to promote quicker healing.
The ReFlexion’s two-piece design is made up of three cutting-edge materials. The stem of the ReFlexion is made of a proprietary titanium alloy to provide longevity and strength. The head of the implant, which replaces the big toe joint, is crafted of cobalt chromium and a medical grade polyethylene to provide smooth motion, long life, and lasting pain relief. If you’re curious, check out our surgeon’s ReFlexion Brochure to learn a little more about the implant and the surgical procedure.
How Does ReFlexion Work?
Your unique situation will dictate how long it takes your foot to heal properly, so your physician and surgeon will need to generate a timeline and care plan. Once the tissues surrounding the implant have properly healed, the ReFlexion takes the place of the removed MPJ, giving you a stable and comfortable structure and range of motion while reducing pain. To find out more, you can view our ReFlexion Patient Information Guide, check out our website, or contact us directly.
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