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When is Hammertoe Correction Necessary?

Hammertoe correction may be recommended in several situations, including:

  • Persistent Pain: Chronic pain that interferes with daily activities and does not respond to conservative treatments such as splinting, orthotics, or physical therapy.
  • Severe Deformity: Significant deformity that affects the foot’s function and causes discomfort when wearing shoes.
  • Corns and Calluses: Painful corns and calluses that develop due to friction and pressure on the bent toe.
  • Restricted Movement: Limited movement of the affected toe that impacts walking and other activities.
  • Failure of Non-surgical Treatments: When non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief or improvement.

The Surgical Procedure

During a hammertoe correction, anesthesia is administered to ensure the patient is comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. A small incision is made over the affected toe to access the deformity. The surgeon then realigns the bones, tendons, and ligaments to correct the bent position.

In some cases, small pins or wires may be used temporarily to hold the toe in the correct position during healing. Once the necessary adjustments are made, the incision is closed with sutures, and a protective bandage is applied. The entire procedure typically takes about one hour, depending on the complexity of the deformity and the specific techniques used.

Post-surgical Care and Recovery

After hammertoe correction, a comprehensive recovery plan is put in place. This includes a combination of rest, physical therapy, and follow-up care. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to manage discomfort immediately after surgery. A physical therapy program begins shortly after surgery to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the toe. It’s important to note that recovery is a gradual process and may take several weeks or months.

Patients are advised to avoid high-impact activities and wear protective footwear to support the healing process. Using assistive devices like crutches or a special shoe may be necessary during the initial recovery period. Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon are essential to monitor healing and ensure proper alignment and function of the toe.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we prioritize minimally invasive techniques for hammertoe correction to ensure our patients experience less pain, smaller incisions, and quicker recovery times. Our surgical team uses state-of-the-art technology and advanced methods. We understand that each patient is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet their individual needs, ensuring they feel valued and cared for.

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If you are experiencing hammertoe, Excel Health is here for you. We offer a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan, ensuring you receive the highest quality care. Our dedicated team is committed to supporting you every step of the way, from pre-surgery preparation through post-surgery rehabilitation, to help you regain comfort and improve your quality of life.

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