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A 60-year-old female asked:

I had hammertoe surgery 8 wks ago, 2nd, 3rd ,4th toe. pins out at 4 wks. when can i expect to walk comfortable without pain? still very painful.

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ali Elkhalil
Podiatry 22 years experience
Outdated : pins to hammer toes is an outdated technique. Why did you have that. It take long time to heal with pins vs implant ie stayfuse implant. Usually 6 weeks non weight bearing with pins. And 3 weeks non weight bearing with implant
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Be Patient.: Hammer toe surgery, although a relatively easy surgery to perform, varies greatly in post operative recovery. Some of this is based on technique, but not all. Your body's ability to heal is the major contributing factor. There is really no way of predicting which patient will heal without some residual swelling and pain, especially in terms of time. Best to ask your surgeon for his recommendation.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
YOU SHOULD NOT: BE HAVING PAIN 2 MONTHS AFTER SURGERY. IS THERE SWELLING? DID SOMETHING NOT HEAL CORRECTLY? WHAT DID YOUR DOCTOR TELL YOU? HAVE YOU BUMPED THE FOOT?
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 42 years experience
Did you follow your surgeon's instructions?
Aug 4, 2016
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 42 years experience
SURGERY: At 8 weeks , there still may be pain, but it shouldn't be VERY painful. On a scale of 0-10, 10 worst, how painful is it? Getting better or worse? Did you have digital fusions?-an xray may be helpful.

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