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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Hammertoe Correction (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How long after hammertoe surgery is post op appointment?

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. ...Read more

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Can hammertoe surgery still hurt at 8 weeks?

Can hammertoe surgery still hurt at 8 weeks?

Yes: It can take up to 12-16 weeks for postoperative pain to completely subside. If there are any signs of an infection such as redness, swelling, pus or fevers, see your doctor. ...Read more

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When you have the pins removed after hammertoe surgery should you have an X-ray before or after?

When you have the pins removed after hammertoe surgery should you have an X-ray before or after?

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

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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?

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

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How successful are the results after bunion and hammertoe surgery (98%?, 99%?)?

How successful are the results after bunion and hammertoe surgery (98%?, 99%?)?

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

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Had hammertoe surgery on pinky toe 5 months ago... Pinky toe nail hurts still.... Why is this...?

Had hammertoe surgery on pinky toe 5 months ago... Pinky toe nail hurts still.... Why is this...?

Not related: Hammertoe surgery typically avoids the toenail area. There may be a problem with the nail itself. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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? ...Read more

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I am looking for correction of shortened flail toe from previous hammertoe surgery. Digital lengthening with one stage autologous bone graft?

I am looking for correction of shortened flail toe from previous hammertoe surgery.  Digital lengthening with one stage autologous bone graft?

Homework.: There are several ways to go depending on your specific post-operative condition. Bone grafting, small digital implants or spacers, just to mention a few. You should be aware that the chances of having a normal functioning toe are limited at best. Having multiple opinions is definitely the way to be informed before you commit. ...Read more

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Infection after hammertoe surgery screws without anesthesia, what should I do?

Infection after hammertoe surgery screws without anesthesia, what should I do?

Thanks for asking!: Consult your podiatrists. You can also look for a second opinion. Anesthesia is unlikely to have an effect on the risk of infection in hammertoe surgery. ...Read more

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What's involved in a hammertoe correction?

What's involved in a hammertoe correction?

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

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What is the definition or description of: hammertoe correction?

Repair of bent toes: Hammertoe correction refers to many 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

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Has anyone had hammertoe correction; how well does the result look?

Has anyone had hammertoe correction; how well does the result look?

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

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Can you provide some advice for someone who's had hammertoe correction?

Follow instructions: For optimum results follow your doctors advice. Rest, elevate, keep the bandage dry and clean and follow up as recommended. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about hammertoes surgery?

Can you please tell me about hammertoes surgery?

There are two : Basic kinds, one where a piece of bone is removed at the joint or fused at the joint. Your doc will ell you decide which is best for you. ...Read more

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If I were to have tenotomy surgery for the repair of hammertoes, would i be able to resume rigorous physical activity, such as running?

If I were to have tenotomy surgery for the repair of hammertoes, would i be able to resume rigorous physical activity, such as running?

Tenotomy: Yes — however you do have to give the toes a time to heal. Skin or incision healing time is typically 2-3 days, but the toe(s) may still be sore. So give yourself some time to heal and you should be fine. Good luck! ...Read more

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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?

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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

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I have a bunion, hammertoes and overlapping toes. Have seen ortopedic surgeon... Said I need surgery on all toes. Yikes! How horrible will this be,?

I have a bunion, hammertoes and overlapping toes.  Have seen ortopedic surgeon... Said I need surgery on all toes. Yikes!  How horrible will this be,?

Manageable pain: Generally, the procedures performed, the more post-op pain. Having said that, there are several techniques that will make recovery more pleasant. Your podiatric or orthopedic surgeon can start you on antiinflammatories prior to surgery. They can also inject steroid intra-op. A combination of narcotics and nsaids are used post-op. Follow post-op instructions closely and keep a positive attitude. ...Read more

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I had surgery about 7 years ago, on my foot because I had a bunion and a hammertoe! I have screws now I got cysts in my knees painful walking it screw?

I had surgery about 7 years ago, on my foot because I had a bunion and a hammertoe! I have screws now I got cysts in my knees painful walking it screw?

Hardware: If hardware is painful, it causes pain where the hardware is located, not elsewhere in the body. See your orthopedist for the knee pain good luck. ...Read more

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Long toe causing pressure.2nd toe is moving on top of big toe. Ortho PA said to ignore unless hammertoe or can't wear shoe. Good advice? Thx

Long toe causing pressure.2nd toe is moving on top of big toe. Ortho PA said to ignore unless hammertoe or can't wear shoe. Good advice? Thx

ALREADY HAMMERED?: If it's moving on top of the big toe, it sounds like you already have a hammer toe deformity. As an adult, splinting or taping will not realign it. If a corn develops, a podiatrist can trim it. A wider toe box in your shoe may help. It will PROBABLY continue to progress. Surgery is an option if above doesn't work for you. ...Read more

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What to do about my hammertoes?

What to do about my hammertoes?

Conservative tx: Is to find appropriately fitting shoes or wear silicone toe protectors, surgical tx is to fix them. ...Read more

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Hammertoe repair, when could I drive?

Hammertoe repair, when could I drive?

Ask you surgeon: It is important to communicate with your surgeon, not friend, family or the nurse down the road. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drive after hammertoe repair?

Is it okay to drive after hammertoe repair?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do about my hammertoes?

What can I do about my hammertoes?

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

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I had a hammertoe repair, when can I drive?

I had a hammertoe repair, when can I drive?

It depends: Depends on the type of procedure and which foot it was performed on. Discuss it with your surgeon. They will be able to tell you when you are ready. ...Read more

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Today my surgeon released the tendons on two hammertoes. When will I be able to drive again?

Today my surgeon released the tendons on two hammertoes. When will I be able to drive again?

Ask your doctor: It is important to communicate with your surgeon, not friend, family or the nurse down the road. ...Read more

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Could I rid of hammertoe blisters?

Could I rid of hammertoe blisters?

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