Hammertoe deformity correction
Hammertoe is a condition that refers to a deformity of the toe when it becomes bent downward, and the patient cannot straighten it.
A surgical correction is indicated when the patient suffers from pain, there are difficulties to fit footwear, or conservative treatment with special splints is not effective.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The procedure is usually performed under regional anesthesia, and it takes 15-20 minutes to compete.
During the procedure, the articular surfaces are resected, and the toes are stabilized internally with a Kirschner wire or other special implant. Tenoplasty is performed.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- Typically, immediately after the procedure, the patient can step on the heel of the foot affected, while wearing a special surgical shoe;
- Most patients resume their daily routines completely within 1.5-3 months;
- The wire is removed after 4 weeks;
- The surgical wound should be redressed once per week;
- The sutures are removed after 14–18 days;
- For approximately 1 week, cold compresses should be applied to the foot and kept for 20 minutes a few times per day.