Hammertoe Surgery Can Improve Your Mobility and Function
About Hammertoe Correction Surgery
What is Hammertoe?
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If you are concerned about hammertoe, seeing a specialist early on can prevent severe issues from developing. Our doctors at Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin offer innovative techniques in hammertoe surgery to help patients achieve full mobility with minimal downtime. Contact our office today online or by calling (512) 476-2830 to schedule your consultation.
Women have a greater chance of developing hammer toe, due to trendy shoes with narrow toe boxes and high heels. You may be at risk for developing this foot disorder if you are older, have diabetes, or a family history of hammer toe. Other causes may include:
- Toe length
- Birth defect
- Toe injury
Signs and Symptoms
Hammertoe is very apparent and easily diagnosed. Common symptoms may include:
- A bent toe that looks like a hammer
- Pain when moving the affected toe
- Inability to straighten the affected toe
- Difficulty walking
- Swelling or redness on the toe
- Corns, calluses, or open sores on top of the joints of the affected toe
Types of Treatment
During your consultation, the doctor will carefully examine and maneuver the affected toe and surrounding toes, as well as order a series of x-rays to view the bone structure. In mild to moderate cases, he may initially prescribe certain non-surgical treatments, such as stretches, exercises, and orthopedic footwear to help realign the toe.
If conservative treatments are ineffective, or the condition is already severe, your doctor will recommend outpatient surgery to reposition the toe, remove the deformed bone, and realign tendons. Possible surgical procedures we provide include:
During this procedure, the doctor will remove half of your joint below the bent toe to help keep the toe straight.
During this procedure, the entire joint below the bent toe is removed and a tiny pin is inserted into the bone to keep the toe straight as it heals.
In cases where weakened tendons below the toe are the issue, the doctor will redirect the tendons to above the toe to provide better toe support.
In severe cases, your doctor will remove the bone below the base of the toe to assist with mobility.
During this procedure, the doctor will shorten the metatarsal bone and insert surgical pins to aid in mobility and toe function.