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Whats involved in a hammertoe correction?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Surgery.

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.

In brief: Surgery.

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.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Toe contracture care

Different procedures may be performed depending on the severity of the deformity.
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. Tedons may need to be cut or lengthened.

In brief: Toe contracture care

Different procedures may be performed depending on the severity of the deformity.
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. Tedons may need to be cut or lengthened.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Rudolf Zak
Podiatry

In brief: Hammertoe correction

Depends if you have a rigid or flexible deformity.
For a rigid deformity the surgeon can opt to fuse the joint with some firm of hardware placement. If it is flexible than an arthroplasty will be performed which is a resection of bone from the small joint in your toe. No hardware.

In brief: Hammertoe correction

Depends if you have a rigid or flexible deformity.
For a rigid deformity the surgeon can opt to fuse the joint with some firm of hardware placement. If it is flexible than an arthroplasty will be performed which is a resection of bone from the small joint in your toe. No hardware.
Dr. Rudolf Zak
Dr. Rudolf Zak
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