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If you have painful osteoarthritis in your big toe that's making your foot hurt, rather than having the joint fused, you can now have a replacement joint, called CARTIVA® SCI. The team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC in St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township, Michigan, is highly skilled in carrying out successful joint replacements using the synthetic CARTIVA implant and achieves consistently positive results for patients. Find out more by calling the practice today, or use the online tool to book an appointment.


What is CARTIVA?

ARTIVA SCI (SYNTHETIC CARTILAGE IMPLANT) is an artificial joint for replacing the big toe joints of patients who have first metatarsophalangeal joint osteoarthritis - a very long name for arthritis in the joint at the base of your big toe. Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear condition that many older people experience, at least to some degree. It develops when the cartilage at the ends of the bones in your joints starts to degrade and wear away, leaving the bones exposed. Without the cartilage to protect them, the bones start rubbing together, causing the pain, inflammation, and stiffness familiar to people who have arthritis. Any of the joints in your body can develop osteoarthritis, and it's often worse in the joints you use most often through your life. For many people, that's their hands and knees, but osteoarthritis can also affect your feet, and in particular your big toe. This is because the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of your big toe takes most of the weight of your body as you're walking, running, and jumping. It also comes under a lot of pressure if you regularly wear high heels, as these types of shoes force the foot to bend at the metatarsophalangeal joint and then bear most of your weight.

How foes CARTIVA SCI help with big toe arthritis?

Surgery for big toe arthritis traditionally meant fusing the joint, locking the ends of the bones in the metatarsophalangeal joint together permanently so they can no longer rub against one another. CARTIVA SCI is a replacement for the joint, which means you don't have to have the bones fused, and you can retain normal movement in the big toe joint. CARTIVA SCI is made of a robust artificial material that has excellent shock absorption, is highly wear-resistant, and is biocompatible, which means your immune system is less likely to react to the implant.

What happens during CARTIVA SCI implant surgery?

The surgical team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC have extensive experience of implanting CARTIVA SCI. They can carry out the implant procedure 40% faster than the equivalent fusion surgery previously performed for big toe arthritis, and patients don't need to use a cast or crutches after their surgery. In fact, most patients find they can bear weight on their foot as soon as they recover from the implant procedure. It takes between six and 12 months to fully recover and regain optimal use of your big toe joint, during which time it's important to follow the guidance given to you by your doctor at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC regarding exercise, rest, and physical therapy. CARTIVA SCI offers proven long-term results for the treatment of big toe arthritis, with patients benefiting from a long-lasting reduction in pain and improvement in mobility. Studies show that after six years, patients who had CARTIVA SCI surgery were experiencing a 97% reduction in pain. Find out more about CARTIVA SCI by calling Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC today, or book an appointment online.