Approximately 20% of all Americans suffer from some form of osteoarthritis. If you’re an athlete, osteoarthritis in your feet can be a serious career killer. Thankfully, The Center of Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, performs cutting-edge CartivaⓇ synthetic cartilage implant procedures to get you back on your feet in no time. To find out more about Cartiva, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Cartiva implants are FDA-approved medical devices that act as synthetic cartilage to replace arthritic joint tissue. They’re constructed from a hydrogel material so that your body won’t reject it.
Unlike metal implants, which run the risk of incompatibility and may cause serious side effects, like absorption into the bone over time, hydrogel mimics the quality and density of bone.
Cartiva implants are typically the size of a jelly bean and come in two sizes, 8mm and 10mm. The team at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine helps you determine which size is better suited for your needs.
Benefits of Cartiva include:
If you have painful osteoarthritis in the joint of the big toe, you should consider Cartiva. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine helps you identify the level of severity of your osteoarthritis before recommending treatment.
Your doctor might also recommend Cartiva implants if your osteoarthritis significantly limits your foot’s range of motion. This can cause serious problems for your career if you’re an athlete.
If your osteoarthritis is minor, or on the other end of the spectrum, very severe, Cartiva implants aren’t recommended.
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine evaluates you on a case-by-case basis and assesses your:
The Cartiva implant is a surgical procedure that typically requires general anesthesia. Your doctor might also recommend a regional ankle anesthetic as needed.
Your surgeon starts by making an incision along the top of your toe joint to remove the affected bone mass to create a hole for the implant.
Then the surgeon injects the Cartiva gel into the hole, which expands to fill the space and overflows just enough to cap the joint and decrease bone-on-bone contact. No further material like cement or glue is necessary.
Once the Cartiva has been implanted, the surgeon closes the incision with stitches. The entire procedure shouldn’t take longer than 35 minutes.
Recovery from the Cartiva implant procedure takes significantly less time than it would for a metal implant.
You would need to wear a boot for 2-3 weeks. After you take off the boot, the doctor then teaches you physical therapy exercises to do at home. You can expect full mobility and an expanded range of motion after 5-6 weeks.
Osteoarthritis shouldn’t take over your life. Contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine by phone or book an appointment online to learn more about Cartiva implants today.