Cartiva Implant for Big Toe Joint Arthritis
What is Cartiva?
Cartiva is a synthetic cartilage implant. The implant is used to replace damaged cartilage on the surface of the big toe joint.
What is Cartiva used to treat?
It is used to treat painful arthritis in the big toe joint. Arthritis of the big toe involves the wearing down of the cartilage within the joint which can cause pain. Arthritis of the big toe joint affects around 2.2 million people or about 1 in 40 people above the age of 50. Women are more commonly affected than men, and both feet can be affected at the same time.
How does Cartiva treat arthritis of the big toe joint?
The implant replaces the damaged cartilage on the surface of the big toe joint. It is placed into the bone of the big toe and provides a new, smooth surface in the joint. As a result, the implant may help relieve pain and stiffness in the big toe joint caused by worn and damaged cartilage.
Cartiva is just one of the treatments available for arthritis of the big toe joint. Other non-surgical treatments are available and can possibly provide long-term relief. If you have a painful, stiff big toe joint, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.