Betty is a keen golfer who struggled with foot pain caused by an arthritic hallux valgus. The often named bunion suffers from cartilage damage and ordinary surgery is insufficient. Replacement joints have been used for some years and the gold standard still seems to be the double stem silastic plastic hinge. As a foot specialist I have over 25 years experience with this mode of managing feet and the recovery does still seem to impress me with patients walking often the same day but reasonably well after a week plus the bonus of being pain free. Read Betty’s testimonial from 11th February 2015. Fact sheet 50 Replacement joints [Big toe] can be referenced on my website as well under clinical education. Benefits, the toe is not unduly shortened and retains anything up to 80% of of its former power. Foot specialists will select the best treatment for foot problems. There is no such thing that one treatment fits all! At Spire Hospital Little Aston we go the extra mile for feet to keep them pain free.