Do hammer toes require surgery?
Taping or splinting the toes can treat mild cases of toe deformity. This is used to help reduce further deformity and minimize symptoms. Toe exercises to improve strength and flexibility may also be prescribed.
What are the surgical treatment options for hammer toes?
For severe hammer toe deformity, surgery may be needed to correct the condition. Depending on the rigidity of the deformity and angulation of the toes, the appropriate surgical procedure is selected. In some cases it necessary to lengthen or shorten tendons and/or ligaments to help improve mobility and laxity. To prevent recurrence, a fusion may also be needed to connect the bones on each side of the joint. The bones can be fused with a removable wire or with a metallic implant. Most of these surgeries are consider outpatient and following physical therapy, patients are able to resume their normal activities.
What happens after hammer toe surgery?
It is essential that patients follow the post-operative protocol for recovery set forth by our team as it remains a crucial part of the healing process. Depending on the specific procedures performed, patients can typically heel weight bear in a hard sole (postoperative) shoe almost immediately. An assistive device such as crutches are usually needed for the first few days to weeks. Dressing are placed over the forefoot and this will be changed by our team the first postoperative clinic visit.