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I have a large bunion and extreme hammertoe next to it. Should I have bunionectomy or have hammertoe amputated?
Depends: This depends on the severity and flexibility of the hammertoe and any other joint contractures. Examples include: simple transecting of a tendon on the underside of the toe, cutting of bone to resect a portion of the contracted joint to reduce the deformity with possible creation of a surgical fusion. Other procedures may be required to address other joint contractures. Pins may be needed.See 3 more doctor answers
Repair of bent toes: Hammertoe correction refers to many different procedures, all intended to correct for a contracted toe which is causing pain and difficulty in shoewear. The procedures range from soft tissue procedures involving tendon and capsule work to arthroplasty which is a remodeling of the bone structure to a fusion of the toe to maintain corrected position. Which procedure is used is by physician choice.See 3 more doctor answers
Pretty good!: Depending on how a person scars, the results can vary, though. If you know you form keloids (very thick, ropey scars), there is a possibility you'll end up with heavy scarring to your toes. Otherwise most incisions fade away within one year, and while some people do stay swollen for several weeks to months, the toe generally looks quite straight and normal once you've healed!See 3 more doctor answers
Follow instructions: For optimum results follow your doctors advice. Rest, elevate, keep the bandage dry and clean and follow up as recommended.See 2 more doctor answers
Surgery/ palliative: The surgical correction of Hammertoes is reserve for people that have tried different conservative treatment and they have failed. This surgery and recuperation is very easy when done with the right technique. Swelling is the most common complain after surgery, and is easily treated with compression and/or a steroid injection. This surgery is not as bad as people think.See 1 more doctor answer
Not advisable: Immediately. You would want to wait until you are at minimum out of the post op shoe and bandages are off the feet. Individual wrapping of toes would be okay. You must consider the foot needs to operate quickly for sudden stops etc. If you are in an accident and your in a post op shoe, I would imagine your liability would increase.
Hammertoe blisters: Hammertoes are bony deformities due to excessive flex ion of the toes due to the overpowering of the flexor tendons over the extensor tendons. It may be genetic, but tight shoes usually is the culprit causing painful blisters. Try to avoid wearing narrow shoes and heels that put too much pressure on the digits. They will return if you don't change your shoe gear.
Hammer toe surgery: I see my patients in 6-9 days after surgery. If they have any concerns they come in earlier. Some doctors will see their patients at some point longer that a week. If you have concerns ask your doctor about them.See 1 more doctor answer
Ask your doctor: It is important to communicate with your surgeon, not friend, family or the nurse down the road.See 2 more doctor answers
USUALLY BEFORE: I usually do it before. If that one looks ok and you're doing well; no pain, I probably don't need a post pin removal xray.See 1 more doctor answer
I had hammertoe surgery 3 month, s ago and there's excessive swelling! What else can I do or take other than ice and elevation?
SWELLING.: Your PA may be contributory. Also, talk to your surgeon about the complication of a "sausage toe", which is usually a prolonged swollen and sometimes red toe. Compression wraps w/ Coban and an acetate steroid injection might help. Are the x-rays ok? Finally, did you follow the surgeon's post-op orders?See 2 more doctor answers