Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant

Hallux limitus/rigidus or arthritis of the big toe joint is a common condition which involves the wearing down of cartilage in the big toe joint. For many with this condition they may have been told that an arthrodesis procedure, or fusion, of the big toe joint was the only solution. This procedure successfully relieves the pain and discomfort associated with big toe joint arthritis at the expense of mobility and function. Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is excited to introduce a revolutionary procedure for big toe joint arthritis sufferers that will allow them pain relief while maintaining or increasing motion at their big toe joint.








The Cartiva® Synthetic Cartilage Implant is a unique and revolutionary implant that acts as a spacer to allow smooth and pain-free big toe joint range of motion. Immediate weight bearing is allowed after the procedure. Minimal bone is resected during the procedure unlike most other joint implants on the market. The benefit of minimal bone resection is the decreased risk and complexity if a fusion procedure is required in the future.

The largest Level 1 randomized controlled Clinical Study ever conducted for big toe joint arthritis showed 93% reduction in pain, 168% functional improvement, and 50% increase in range of motion. Another 5 year study showed that 96% of patients would undergo the procedure again and 96.2% of implants survived. What this means for patients is less pain and better function.

If you have big toe joint arthritis, come visit Advanced Foot and Ankle Center for the latest, cutting edge treatments.

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Team