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New Treatment Available for Hallux Rigidus


At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we have exciting news: we are now offering a revolutionary new treatment for a debilitating condition known as Hallux Rigidus. Hallux Rigidus is the term for osteoarthritis at the base of the big toe. This joint is the most common site of osteoarthritis in the foot and it’s no wonder—it bends with every step you take, which means it gets a lot of stress. Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the big toe joint, especially when you are active and pushing off with your foot to walk or do other activities
  • Swelling
  • A callus or corn developing on the top of the foot

Hallux limitus is a chronic condition that gets worse over time, eventually leading to the joint not being able to bend and extreme pain and disability.

Getting Relief with Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant

Traditionally, the treatment for Hallux Rigidus was a surgery called arthrodesis which was a fusion using pins, screws and a plate to secure the joint. Although this eliminates arthritic pain it results in restricted movement of the big toe which limits activities.

Now, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is able to perform a short, outpatient procedure that will provide a restoration of your range of motion as well as significant pain reduction. Damaged cartilage is replaced with a fitted Cartiva Synthetic Cartilage Implant (SCI). Unlike the old procedure, you can begin wearing weight immediately after surgery as tolerated.

To learn if this new procedure is right for you, make an appointment to come into our Somers Point office for a consultation. Dr. DeMarco will examine your toe joint and also take a complete medical history and possibly x-rays to see how far the arthritis has progressed.

Don’t put off visiting the foot doctor. Relief for your big toe joint arthritis is possible and with a minimum amount of discomfort and rehabilitation. Call us today at 609-927-4894 to get more information.