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Reduce Joint Pain
Retain Movement

Unlike fusion, Cartiva significantly reduces joint pain without sacrificing your foot’s natural movement.

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.

Cartiva is backed by the largest comprehensive study ever conducted for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the big toe joint.

Key benefits of Cartiva®

reduce foot pain
Reduce Pain

Relieve pain, retain movement. Cartiva helps you get back your life.

Functional Improvement

From walking, to running, to playing tennis, Cartiva allows you to do the things you love.1

Improve Range of Motion

Cartiva doesn't just preserve your natural range of motion, it enhances it.

Speedy Recovery

As opposed to fusion, your foot will be weight-bearing immediately following the procedure.1


We go on long walks...

Since my surgery, my husband and I now take an annual trip to France. We go on long walks. We can walk all day. We have no restrictions.


I highly recommend Cartiva

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.


On my feet within a day or two...

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 6 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.


Significant pain relief...

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

Not painful at all

It's not painful any more at all. I can do whatever I want.


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 anaesthesia often combined with a regional ankle anaesthetic. 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.

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


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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.

1a A substantial and clinically meaningful reduction in pain using the Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was experienced by Cartiva® patients at every follow-up visit through 5.8 years. Cartiva implant patients demonstrated a 97% reduction in pain from baseline out to 5.8 years.

2 Functional activities were evaluated using the validated Foot and Ankle Mobility Measure (FAAM). Substantial and clinically meaningful improvement was observed for the Cartiva implant subjects throughout the 5.8 year follow-up period with a 176% median improvement observed in the sporting activities scale.

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