When people think about joint replacements, the big toe is not the first thing to come to mind.

However, a Minden podiatrist has performed possibly the first big toe joint replacement in the area.

Dr. Stefan Lorincz explained the procedure, arthroplasty, saying it is a long-term solution. There are several types of implants, such as plastic or silicone, but his preferred implant is a metal one. He says the body adjusts to the metal implant better than the plastic or silicone.

Dr. Stefan Lorincz, right, explains post operative care to Taja Manning, possibly the first patient to have a big toe joint replacement in the area. She holds her five and a half month old son, Jace. Michelle Bates/Press-Herald

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