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Cartiva is a new alternative to joint fusion for an arthritic great toe joint.  Arthritis in the ball of the great toe is very common, causing significant pain with walking, especially with forced motion of the toe upward, such as when squatting on the balls of the toes, like that of a baseball catcher.

In years past, the only option was to fuse the arthritic joint.  This procedure results in no motion across the joint and possible difficulty wearing some shoes, especially heels for women.


While this is still a viable option in some cases, if the joint still has relatively good motion, the motion of the joint can be preserved, and the arthritis pain alleviated by insertion of an implant which cushions the joint; almost replacing the function of the cartilage.

This outpatient procedure is performed under IV sedation, taking about 20 minutes.

If you have pain in the ball of your great toe or have been diagnosed with an arthritic first metatarsal phalangeal joint come, see us.  You may be a candidate for Cartiva.



If you suffer from foot pain, give us a call at 270-684-5252.


Dr Block is an excellent podiatrist. The staff is friendly and very professional.

John H