For those with arthritis, they know how painful it can truly be. Around 15 to 20 percent of Americans over the age of 40 actually suffer from some degree of arthritis of the toe! Toe arthritis is caused by inflammation of the toe joint, and while other toes can be affected, the big toe is the one that is the most affected. Additionally, factors such as past injuries to the toe can lead to toe arthritis down the road. If you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout, you may also experience toe arthritis.
Treatment may have once been ineffective, but a new treatment in the form of a synthetic cartilage implant is giving hope to patients with toe arthritis!
A Better Treatment
Traditionally, doctors would fuse the joint in your big toe in order to treat toe arthritis. However, this causes the toe to not move much, or at all. Fusing the joint requires doctors to lock it in the up position, which causes issues with shoes, as well as any activities that require a range of motion, such as yoga or pilates.
Now, with a synthetic cartilage implant, patients can regain the use of their big toe! At Alpine Foot Specialists, we offer the Cartiva implant, a great option for patients to preserve their own joint and get back to activities quickly. Additional benefits include reduced pain, functional improvement, and improved range of motion. The Cartiva Implant is meant to last a lifetime, as the materials function similar to natural cartilage!
Schedule an appointment with Alpine Foot Specialists today to learn more about the Cartiva Implant!