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Cartiva® Big Toe Arthritis Treatment Encino

Cartiva Implant for hallux rigidus
(painful big toe arthritis / big toe joint stiffness)
hallux rigidus encino
hallux rigidus encino

 
Hallux rigidus is the medical term for “stiff big toe joint” and “arthritis of the big toe joint”. This condition often presents with a “bone bump” at the base of the big toe as well as limited motion at this joint; which causes stiffness, pain and secondary problems due to changes in walking pattern.

Traditionally, arthritis of the big toe joint is treated first with conservative therapies, including: over the counter pain-relievers, prescription anti-inflammatories, ice packs, choosing the right footwear (avoid high heels, tight shoes, and pointy toe shoes) and cortisone injections into the joint. For joint pain that is severe or non-responsive to conservative treatments, surgical options have traditionally been:

  1. Removal of bone spurs (cheilectomy)
  2. Total Joint replacements (removing the joint &replacing with total artificial joint)
  3. Joint fusion.  This is the most definitive solution; however, fusion results in zero motion at the joint, which can be a problem for patients who want to wear different heel heights of shoes. Fusion also transfers pressure to other areas of the foot.
  4. CARTIVA: The FDA has approved a new treatment, called Cartiva, for patients who suffer from arthritis of the big toe. This is a hydrogel implant, made up of a material called polyvinyl alcohol (similar to the material used in contact lenses) to act as a replacement for the joint cartilage. The material mimics the density of a natural bone cartilage. Cartiva does not damage healthy bone, it is durable, and bio-stable, meaning that it will not degrade in the body. Furthermore, if necessary, the implant can be easily replaced in the future. Cartiva has a 96 percent success rate in 5 years’ worth of data.

Dr. Buratti has extensive experience in treating hallux rigidus / painful arthritis of the big toe joint, both conservatively and surgically. Cartiva is a new, exciting option for patients who need more than a joint “clean up” (spur removal) but do not want a joint fusion or total joint replacement.

Watch the NBC News Report on Cartiva:
http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/new-arthritis-treatment-could-be-a-game-changer-897005123651
Learn More at Cartiva.net