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A 33-year-old member asked:

can you get surgery for hammer toe?

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Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Yes: It will involve removing part of the joint. Procedures and deformities vary so speak with a podiatrist.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
Absolutely.: Surgery is the definitive treatment for hammertoe deformities that are rigid an cause pain. The procedure is relatively straight forward and the success rate is high.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Yes: An incision is made overlying the contracted joint. The soft tissue attachments are released exposing the joint. The joint may be left separated or fusion of the ends may be attempted. For fusion, the cartilaginous ends of the bone are removed and the ends are approximated and stabilized via a wire, screw, pin, or implant. The contracted tendons may need to be cut or lengthened.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Yes.: If you catch hammertoes in the early stages, a small, in-office procedure to release one of the tendons will often allow the toe to lie straight again. If the toe deformity has become rigid, the surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Surgery: As said - absolutely , and it is the definitive way to correct the deformity. There are different procedures depending on the nature of the deformity. See your podiatrist for an exam and x rays to find out more

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can I expect from surgery on my toe tomorrow?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Ask your Dr.: You need to be informed of the post operative care.
A member asked:

My doctor hasn't proposed any surgery wants me to treat conservative because he says surgery is risky .. Can cause a stiff toe or floating toe ?

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Dr. Eric Lullove
Podiatry 19 years experience
Surgical options: Depending on your age, vascular status and the true problem (which you didn't specify) which toe is affected it is difficult to give a straight answer. Surgical options should always be a last resort, but there are cases where and when surgery is the first option for many patients. More information given would be helpful in answering your question.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the surgery like for hammer toe?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Out patient: Surgery. Depending on severity of the deformity the surgeon will choose the procedure. The surgery will straighten the toe.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is there a surgery for crossover toe or hammer toe?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Yes: There are several procedures that can correct this. The surgery is out patient.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have surgery to make your toe smaller?

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Dr. Andrew Schneider
Preventive Medicine 24 years experience
Be careful: While people do have surgery to shorten toe, be careful. I don't recommend cosmetic foot surgery unless there is pain involved. Remember, your feet are primarily there for walking without pain. If they are doing this, then i suggest leaving them alone. If there is pain in shoes or when walking, then visit a podiatrist to learn your options.

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