Hallux Rigidus - candidate for Cartiva?

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HI.

I HAVE HALLUX RIDIGUS AND HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING FUSION. JUST LEARNED ABOUT CARTIVA. IS IT ONLY FOR HALLUX LIMITUS? I HAVE A DPM APPT COMING UP NEXT WEEK. THANKS FOR ANY INFO ON THIS SUBJECT.

JENNIFER

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    HI jennifer.... I had my toe fused in June 2018. I think I walked a little too much or something, so my toe never fused. It was painful and disappointing. The Doc I had at the time told me there was nothing more that could be done. I got a second opinion and that doc suggested an entire toe joint replacement. So I got that done January 25th. I think this is going to work. It will never bend like a toe that has never had surgery, but it is going to give me the chance to walk normal again. CARTIVA is an implant too, right? But not an entire joint?

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      Hi Bailey

      thanks for all the info. i hope your latest surgery is 100 % successful!! Yes Cartiva is a very small implantable device. I dont know a lot about it yet. i believe i will most likely end up with a fusion being done. Cant imagine not driving x 6 weeks!! Its my right big toe. Thanks again for responding.

      Jennifer

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      jennifer, are you still pretty young?

      The fusion really limits what you can do. I don't think I really understood how limiting it would be. Do a lot of research before you go for a fusion.

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      Im in my late 50s. Ive been holding off on this surgery for at least 10 years!!! LOL! I think its time to do something. Ive been researching this for years and thats why i was excited about the implant. I dont think Im a candidate for Cartiva. My joint is too far gone Im pretty certain. I will proceed cautiously!

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