Hallux Rigidus, or big toe arthritis is a common problem, particularly in people over the age of 50. Previously a fusion procedure would be required to relieve the pain; but now there’s a new solution. The Cartiva toe implant.
When we walk, we use a rocking motion. Every step we take involves pushing off with the big toe. Over time this can cause the cartilage in the joint to wear away. Cartilage cushions the bones in a joint, preventing them from rubbing together, so this erosion of the tissue can result in pain and stiffness.
What is a Cartiva toe implant?
The Cartiva implant is a synthetic cartilage implant that can preserve the range of motion in the toe. Inserted into the footbone, the putty like implant acts like human cartilage to cushion the joint, relieving any previous pain.
A relatively new procedure, Cartiva looks to have revolutionised the treatment of Hallux Rigidus, preventing the need for fusion and maintaining a full range of motion in the toe.
Dale Halford has been involved in well over 100 of these implant operations, making him one of the country’s most experienced podiatric surgeons in this procedure.
What are the benefits of a Cartiva toe implant
- Pain relief
- Preserved range of motion
- Minimal bone loss (fusion is still possible in the future)
- A Relatively quick & simple surgical procedure
- Quick recovery time