Arthritis is one of the most debilitating diseases that people have to suffer from. By it’s nature, it focuses on the elderly, causing constant pain and thereby hindering proper movement.
A common point of pain for arthritis patients is the base of the big toe, which is known to suffer from constant pains that can’t be treated without surgery.
This surgery, known as fusion surgery, involves fusing the bones in the joint with screws and plates, which while removing the pain, also remove any scope of movement of the joint.
While this may not sound like a big compromise, it can certainly become a problem over a longer period of time. Not to mention the fact that the screws and plates also increase the body’s sensitivity to pain under cold conditions.
To provide a better solution to this problem, a company called Cartiva has developed a new type of surgical implant called Cartiva SCI which aims to replace fusion surgery completely.
The Cartiva SCI is a synthetic implant, which mimics the function of the natural cartilage found in the toe. In doing so, it makes complete restoration a pretty viable option for arthritis patients.
It should be noted that this is the first long lasting man-made cartilage replacement device to be approved by the FDA for arthritis patients.
So, if you or any of your loved ones suffer from arthritis, and specifically pain in the big toe, then you might want to consult your doctor about getting this treatment.