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A 41-year-old female asked:

had hammertoe fixed. toe and joint shortened and a k wire put in. the k wire caught sock/came out after 3 weeks. can it damage the repair? is it ok

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Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: I advise you to call the surgeon and discuss the best course of action for your case. Socks can be dangerous.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Damage: The k wire is meant to stabilize the repair and allow scarring of the tissues (takes 4-6 weeks depending on procedure). Removing the stability device early can lead to recurring deformity or new deformity and pain later.
Dr. Jeffery VanYperen
Podiatry 12 years experience
Should be alright: As long as it was stable during that 3 week period, I suspect that it will be alright. I typically remove the K wire after 3-4 weeks. If it came out with a sock, it was probably pretty loose. The fusion site in the toe should start to callus in 2-3 weeks, so the K wire becomes redundant if you are being very careful with the toe. Don't try to put it back in!!

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