Your toes' joints are uniquely designed for movement — especially the big toe, which provides most of the propulsive force needed for walking and running. Unlike fusion, which locks the joint in place, Cartiva allows your joint to move how it's supposed to, so you retain your mobility and range of motion.
Since my surgery, my husband and I now take an annual trip to the south of France to escape
Vancouver's rainy winter. We go on long walks. We can walk all day long. We have no restrictions.
It's not painful anymore at all. I can do whatever I want.
It’s a better option because I can be weight bearing within a couple of days. If I had it
fused I would be limited for about six weeks while it healed, so to be able to be up and on
my feet within a day or two is a big selling point.
If anyone is experiencing trouble with their toes, I would highly recommend Cartiva.
It’s the little things that I used to take for granted, like putting on a pair of shoes, which mean so much.
Cartiva is backed by the largest comprehensive study ever conducted for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the big toe joint.
Relieve pain, retain movement. Cartiva helps you get back your life.
From walking, to running, to playing tennis, Cartiva allows you to do the things you love.1
Improved Range of Motion
Cartiva doesn't just preserve your natural range of motion, it enhances it.
As opposed to fusion, your foot will be weight-bearing immediately following the procedure.1
Cartiva is an effective option for patients wishing to maintain their range of motion while getting significant pain relief.
– Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, Prof of Orthopedic Surgery, Duke University
Patients' Frequently Asked Questions
The implant is composed of a biocompatible, durable, slippery organic polymer that functions similarly to natural cartilage.
Cartiva treats painful arthritis in the joint of the big toe. This arthritis involves the wearing down of the cartilage tissue in the big toe joint.
Only a physician can determine if Cartiva is right for you and your unique circumstances. However, if you suffer from osteoarthritis in your big toe and want to pursue a solution that will not inhibit your foot's motion, you may be a great candidate for Cartiva.
Cartiva is used in a surgical procedure that is performed in an operating room using general anesthesia often combined with a regional ankle anesthetic. An incision (approximately 2 inches long) is made along the top of your toe joint. Then, your surgeon will use special tools to remove bone to make a hole for the implant. Your surgeon will then place the Cartiva into the hole. The Cartiva implant provides a smooth, slippery, load-bearing surface. The Cartiva stays in place without the use of cement or glue. Then, your surgeon will close the cut in your toe with stitches. The entire surgery typically takes 25-35 minutes.
With Cartiva, your foot will be weight bearing immediately following surgery. You should begin exercises that move your joint immediately. Your doctor may instruct you in the exercises to undertake in order to regain movement of your toe. Fusion normally takes 6 weeks before your foot will be weight bearing.
Ideally, a lifetime. Should the implant need to be removed or replaced, its use does not prevent the use of a fusion.
For patients residing in the United States, Cartiva is presently only approved for use in the big toe. For patients residing outside the US, Cartiva is also approved for use in other joints.
To learn more about other indications outside of the US, click here.
1 These results, seen in the results of Cartiva’s pivotal clinical trial, may not be typical and cannot be predictive of other patient outcomes. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level.