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Big Toe Arthritis

Did you know that the big toe joint holds up 100% of your weight every time you step?(1) The big toe joints are uniquely designed to help you move, holding up the majority of your body weight. That pressure can cause the cartilage in the joint to wear down, leading to painful big toe arthritis.


Big toe arthritis affects 1 in 40 people over the age of 50. Patients suffering from big toe arthritis often experience tenderness, achiness and pain which over time can develop into joint stiffness that makes even walking painful. People suffering from this condition will start to notice that everyday activities are compromised due to the pain from wearing high heels, to exercising, and sometimes even walking.


While over-the-counter medications and specialized footwear can ease pain, these are not long tern solutions for big toe arthritis. Many patients assume that the only surgical option is fusion surgery, a procedure that relieves pain, but eliminates motion of the big toe in the process.

Good News

The good news? There are treatment options that can help you move again.
CARTIVA® SCI is a quick 35-minute procedure where your physician replaces the damaged cartilage in your big toe with a new synthetic cartilage that behaves like the natural cartilage of your big toe joint.(2) It’s the only FDA approved option that safely and effectively reduces arthritis pain while also improving your toe’s range of motion.(3)

Who to Talk To

Dr. Timothy Miller, MD

Dr. Timothy Miller is the Foot and Ankle Specialist at KSF Orthopaedic Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Miller specializes in Cartiva Synthetic Implants, in addition to many other procedures that ease the pain of foot and ankle problems.



1. Jacob HA. Forces acting in the forefoot during normal gait – an estimate. Clin Biomech. 2001:16(9):783-792.
2. Glazebrook MA, Younger ASE, Daniels TR, et al. Foot Ankle Surg. 2017-May-29.
3. Baumhauer JF, Singh D, Glazebrook M, et al. Foot Ankle Int. 2016;37(5):457-469.

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