Hammer Toe Correction
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Reasons for Procedure
- Other treatments have failed to bring about results.
- The affected toe has assumed an awkward position and is causing pain.
- The deformity makes walking difficult.
- The position of the toe causes breakdown of skin. This can increase the risk of developing a bone infection.
- Excessive swelling, although the toe will normally be swollen for 4-8 weeks following surgery
- Anesthesia-related problems
- Recurrence of hammer toe
- Nerve or blood vessel injury to the toe
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- Arrange for help at home after the procedure.
- Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to remove.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- During the first couple of days, keep your foot elevated most of the time.
- Limit standing and walking, and stay off your foot as much as possible.
- Use crutches or wear a special open-toed, wooden-soled shoe, as directed by your doctor.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Calgary Foot Clinic http://www.foottalk.com
Nurses Entrepreneurial Foot Care Association of Canada http://www.nefca.ca
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org
Hammer toe. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00160. Updated September 2012. Accessed May 2, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 03/01/2013 -
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