Mamie Finds Relief from an Unsuccessful Synthetic Cartilage Toe Implant with the ToeMotion!

Meet Mamie Kerr, our newest ToeMotion Patient Testimonial!

ToeMotionShe loves to stay active by doing activities like yoga, pilates, running and kayaking. Unfortunately, she began to develop bone spurs in her foot that prevented her from doing some of these.

Mamie went to see an orthopedic surgeon in hopes of reliving her pain. Her surgeon recommended the Cartiva implant, a synthetic cartilage implant for the big toe. Mamie proceeded with the Cartiva surgery. Regrettably, within six months of her surgery, she was still experiencing significant pain. To make matters worst, she started getting a new kind of pain in a different part of her foot and was in more pain after the Cartiva SCI surgery than she was before.

Unwilling to suffer any longer, she received a recommendation to see a different surgeon, Dr. Brain Harley from Alpharetta Foot & Ankle. Dr. Harley removed the Cartiva implant and put in the ToeMotion Total Toe Implant. Now, just 4 months after receiving the ToeMotion implant, she is able to do nearly everything she loves to do.


I want to say thank you to Arthrosurface. All of the time, the dedication, the research and the development that went into the Arthrosurface ToeMotion is this amazing gift that gave me my life back and I am so grateful!”

Toe Fusion is not your only option. It’s possible to revise unsuccessful fusions, synthetic cartilage implants as well as other metal toe implants to the HemiCAP Toe DF or ToeMotion implant systems. To consult with a surgeon to see if this is an option for you, use our Find a Doctor Tool.

Watch Mamie’s full story in the video below!


21 responses to “Mamie Finds Relief from an Unsuccessful Synthetic Cartilage Toe Implant with the ToeMotion!

  1. Who was Mamie’s surgeon please? And what is the life expectancy of the of the ToeMotion implant?
    Thank you, Ildiko Horvath

  2. Hello, I had surgery with ToeMotion for my rleft big toe two days ago. My surgeon seems to be a little unsure regarding aftercare, on the one hand he says “No pain, no gain”, and that I should “early” begin exercises, on the other hand he recommends to let the foot rest for at least two (or four, he changed the period while we where talking about that) weeks. Is there a rule of thumb when to perform active and passive flexion, and when to walk on the toe? I do not want the joint to get stiff when waiting for two long before exercising. As I said, I ask for a rule of thumb, I know that you cannot give a binding medical advice. Thank you in advance!

  3. Hi does anyone perform this procedure in the UK and at which hospital please. Had 2 ops on big toe, due to have silastic implant but decided not for me, too young for fusion at 55 but arthritic toe needs attention. Please could you advise.


    Debra Turner (England)

  4. Hi Heather I’m in Ontario too. I’m getting a Cartiva consultation in a couple of weeks and I’m concerned about the failure rate. Both big toes need to be operated on.

  5. I have failed Cartivas in both big toes. (Pain is quite severe on one side in particular. I’m not sure how much longer I can even take it.) I’m a 41 year old soccer player that does not want fusions. I’m in Northern California. Does Partnership cover this procedure? Thank you.

  6. I had the cartilage a implant surgery 2 years ago and the pain had just really never gone away – just in a different place. I am a frustrated runner because I cannot “toe off” and if you can’t do that, you can’t run. Is there a solution other than fusion ? I am 66 yo very active male. Thank you !

  7. Hi Steve, I’m based in Toronto so I can’t assist. Out of curiosity what are you thinking of getting done, Cartiva or toe fusion?
    I just received Durolane shots in both big toes and they were a failure. Doctor says I’ll still be able to run and play squash with the fusion but I’m reluctant.

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