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How To Straighten Toes Without Surgery
Pliers and booze:
Of course the real answer is you can't. Hammertoes and other toe deformities can only be fixed surgically. Don't waste your money on those splints and such.
But as a general rule, your pain and inability to wear shoes have to outweigh the risks of surgery, albeit small. Surgery should always be the last resort.
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Removing the joint: Depending on whether you have a flexible or a rigid deformity will dictate the choice of procedure. In both instances the buckled joint is removed, but depending on severity, it may or may not be fused. Typically an outpatient procedure but the bone has to heal after this planned fracture which is generally 6-8 weeks - in a special shoe/boot. Ask your surgeon for specifics. ...Read more
Depends: This is generally a cosmetic problem and is not usually one that causes issues with gait nor is it often the source of pain. This is a procedure that while common place, does have some inherent risks such as flap necrosis. Consult with a surgeon that performs to consider all risks and benefits. ...Read more
It depends...: It depends on the type and location of the fracture. Fractures usually need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. For a well aligned non displaced broken toe you may get by with walking with a rigid surgical shoe. Some fractures may require surgical management. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more
Which procedure?: If you have a small, in-office procedure to release a tendon, you should be healed within two weeks. If the deformity is rigid, and you have an outpatient procedure in an operating room involving bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants, you'll likely only put weight on your heel for the first few weeks. You may be swollen for several months (feet take a long time to get rid of swelling!). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: Follow his/her postoperative instructions and if you are not clear on what to do, call the office and ask for clarification. Each procedure has its own recovery time and process, and each surgeon has a preferred way of doing things. ...Read more
Some fractures, . ..: Some fractures, some tendon ruptures, blood vessel damage that decreases blood flow to the toe, excess foot swelling that is compressing nerves and blood vessels, enlarging infections, deep cuts, deep punctures, etc..., are some conditions that may need an orthopedic or foot surgeon to repair. An injured person can see a primary care doctor first, and then be referred to orthopedics if needed. ...Read more
My toes over lap and I know ima need surgery but I don't want to do it any time soon...When is the proper age to do it?
I possibly have to get surgery on my toe so how long will I have to wear flip flops with a huge bandage after the surgery?
It is simple: It is a very simple procedure. If it is for hammertoe correction, it is relatively quick surgery may 15-20 minutes. You will be able to walk after the surgery but this may lead to a lot of swelling and healing could take longer. It will take about a month to return back to normal shoes. ...Read more
Surgery of the toe: Toe surgery is/are the operative procedure (s) necessary to correct for and address injuries, degeneration, infection, or deformities of the toes. They are usually performed by podiatrists or orthopedic surgeons. ...Read more
I would like to know what the original problem was, and the subsequent surgeries. I would like to offer what some may view as too drastic/dramatic a solution. Depending upon which toe it is, would you consider a toe amputation? I've done it for select cases, and patients are generally satisfied. Good luck!
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Pain: Typically the indicating factor for most surgeries tends to be pain. However other factors are involved such as deformity and/or cosmetic issues pertaining to the toe. Some cosmetic issues could be a deformed toe or extra toe. Also fitting into shoe gear can be an issue. ...Read more
Different types.: 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. ...Read more
Hammertoe repair: 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. ...Read more
Toe will be numb: Before the ingrown nail procedure, your doctor will numb your toe with an anesthetic. This is done using a needle so there might be a brief moment of discomfort. Once your toe is numb, you will not feel anything sharp or painful for the rest of the procedure. This numbness will last around 6-8 hours. ...Read more
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