A hammertoe is a common foot deformity in which the lesser toes buckle at one of the toe joints called the proximal interphalangeal joint. Hammertoes can develop from various conditions whether it be flat feet, high arched feet or some neurological conditions. A hammertoe can either be a flexible, semi-rigid or rigid deformity.
Depending on the extent of the deformity, hammertoe surgery can range from removal of a portion of the bone called the proximal phalangeal head to fusing the joint with either a pin or an implant so that the deformity does not recur. This type of surgery is typically performed at an outpatient ambulatory surgery center and patients ambulate with a walking boot.
The typical healing period is about 4-6 weeks but patients are completely mobile through the recovery period and patients usually go back in sneakers after the one month mark. Surgical sutures are removed in the office in 2 weeks if normal healing is noted. As with any surgery, postoperative swelling is very common. We typically advise patients to allow at least 6 months for swelling to completely subside.
At Advanced Podiatry, our doctors use advanced and minimally invasive techniques to ensure patient satisfaction along with quick recovery. We realize how important it is for patients to be able to continue with their daily activities and life and that the thought of surgery may be holding you back but do not hesitate to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists so that we can explain what options are available!