Synthetic Cartilage Implant

Stay on Your Toes

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.

What Cartiva Patients Are Saying

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


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


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

Improved Range
of Motion

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


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

*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.

Patients’ Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Cartiva made of?

The implant is composed of a biocompatible, durable, slippery organic polymer that functions similarly to natural cartilage.

Q. What is Cartiva used to treat?

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.

Q. Is Cartiva right for me?

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.

Q. What is the procedure for Cartiva?

Cartiva is used in a surgical procedure that is performed in an operating room using general anesthesia often combined with a regional ankle anesthetic. 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.

Q. How does recovery compare with fusion?

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.

Q. How long will Cartiva last?

Ideally, a lifetime. Should the implant need to be removed or replaced, its use does not prevent the use of a fusion.

Q. Can I get Cartiva for joint pain outside my foot?

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.

To learn more about other indications outside of the US, click here.

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