Big Tow Stiffness, or hallux rigid, is arthritis of the joint in the big tow. For many people, this condition presents with a bump at the base of the big tow bone and limited mobility of the joint. This stiffness can cause pain and change walking patterns. Often arthritis treatments begin with pain relief medicine over the counter, icing the joint, using prescription anti-inflammatories, perhaps cortisone injections into the joint, and switching to more comfortable and supportive shoes. If these conservative therapies don’t yield results there are surgical options that can include removing the bone spurs, replacing the joint, joint fusion, or Cartiva.
Cartiva is an FDA-approved treatment for big toe arthritis and is performed using a hydrogel implant that replaces the joint cartilage. This material is an excellent mimic for the body’s natural bone cartilage density, is durable, bio-stable, and easily replaceable. To learn more about treating Big Two Stiffness and to find out if Cartiva may be right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation today.