I had problems with my big toe for many years, which probably stemmed from riding motorcycles when I was young. When the pain got so bad I couldn’t sleep at night, I went to see a podiatrist. He wanted to fuse my toe and that just wasn’t an option for me. I’m a pretty active person and it would have left me with no mobility. I started researching other options and discovered the Cartiva implant. The manufacturer set me up with Dr. Moore, who said I was the perfect candidate for that procedure which involves placing a gel implant into the toe joint that acts as a cushion, so you have lubrication and the toe can move again.
Although it was a relatively new procedure, I felt good about it because it allows for fusion of the toe joint or additional surgical treatment in the future if necessary. The recovery wasn’t too bad. I was walking again in three weeks and slowly gained my mobility back. A year later, my toe feels nearly 100% better. I’m back to hunting, hiking, and able to do all of the activities needed to run my 160 acre farm.