Does your big toe pain keep you standing still?
CARTIVA® SCI HELPS KEEP YOU MOVING
The big toe joint holds up 100% of your weight every time you step. That pressure can cause the cartilage in the joint to wear down, leading to painful big toe arthritis. The good news? There are treatment options that can help you move again.
What is CARTIVA® SCI synthetic cartilage implant (SCI)?
CARTIVA® SCI is a quick 35-minute procedure where your physician replaces the damaged cartilage in your big toe with a new synthetic cartilage that behaves like the natural cartilage of your big toe joint. It’s the only FDA approved option that safely and effectively reduces arthritis pain while also improving your toe’s range of motion.
Why have Synthetic Cartilage Implant Surgery instead of toe fusion?
Toe fusions are known to reduce pain in the joint, however, after a toe fusion the patient is no longer able to move or bend the joint, which can affect everyday activities like walking and balancing.
The synthetic cartilage implant surgery is a minimally invasive procedure. It reduces pain and also allows patients to retain movement in the big toe joint. Recent research studies have shown that the reduction in pain is similar in both toe fusion and synthetic implant surgery.
Additionally, synthetic cartilage implant surgery allows the patient to walk on the foot much sooner. With no cast required, the patient can bear weight on the foot almost immediately.
Who is eligible for the Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant Surgery?
Big toe arthritis (hallux rigidus) is the most common arthritic condition of the foot. It can be very painful and hinder activities like walking and running.
Patients who experience persistent pain in the joint and limited motion should consult with a podiatrist. If these symptoms are not improved with non-surgical interventions the patient may be a candidate for the Cartiva synthetic cartilage implant surgery.