What is Cartiva® SCI?
Are you experiencing pain and stiffness in your big toe? You may have hallux rigidus, commonly known as arthritis in the big toe. When non-surgical treatment options have failed, or in cases of severe big toe arthritis, our specialists may recommend Cartiva® SCI. The Cartiva® SCI is designed to replace the damaged cartilage surface in the big toe to help reduce pain and increase joint mobility at a faster recovery rate than a fusion.
Where does arthritis occur in the big toe?
The big toe joint is known as the hallux metatarsal phalangeal or MTP joint. The MTP joint connects the metatarsal (first foot bone) with the proximal phalanx (base of the first toe bone) and the two sesamoids underneath the head of the metatarsal. The MTP joint plays a crucial role during gait.
What is Hallux Rigidus?
Hallux rigidus is arthritis in the big toe. Hallux rigidus is the most common arthritic condition found in the foot. This condition typically develops in adults between the ages of 30 and 60 years old. Females are more commonly affected than males. Symptoms include pain in the big toe, especially when pushing off during walking and running. Other symptoms include swelling, stiffness. and the inability to bend the big toe up or down easily. In some cases, a bump can develop on top of the big toe joint, which can be aggravated by rubbing against the inside of the shoe.