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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
Follow instructions: For optimum results follow your doctors advice. Rest, elevate, keep the bandage dry and clean and follow up as recommended. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: It is important to communicate with your surgeon, not friend, family or the nurse down the road. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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? ...Read more
If I were to have tenotomy surgery for the repair of hammertoes, would I be able to resume rigorous physical activity, such as running?
No: No, actually it is the other toes that are more commonly affected in hammertoe. Don't hesitate to be seen if you are having trouble with your toes. ...Read more
I have hammertoes on both feet. I don't think that they are rigid because I can move them. Is there anything that I can do besides surgery?
Flexible Hammertoes: If they are flexible and painless, there is no need for treatment. Just wear well supportive footwear with enough room in the toe-box area of the shoe for the toes. ...Read more
Blisters are fluid:
Filled and they can be pierced with a sterile instrument after cleaning the skin to allow the fluid to exit. If they reoccur, you likely are wearing shoes that are too tight.
The purpose of a hammertoe repair is to straighten the toe so the top is not sticking up too high and causing too much friction resulting in corns or blisters. ...Read more
Good: The outcome of any surgery depends on several things. The right procedure must be chosen, the surgeon, well trained and the patient must be conscientious in following post-op instructions. Retrospective studies put bunion surgery success at ~85% good to excellent results, but that also includes those patients who did things they were told not to do after surgery. Most patients do quite well. ...Read more
Second toes (longer than big toe) both slightly curved towards smaller toes not hammertoe or claw toe?
Possible Curly Toe: Angulation deformity of the toes from side to side. ...Read more
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.
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
Severe leg cramping, especially when sitting on floor. Also, feet cramp & developed hammertoe since receiving injections in feet. What causes this?
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