The term hammer toe is used to describe a common deformity of the foot which causes the proximal interphalangeal (middle) joint of the second, third, or fourth toes to appear permanently bent, resembling a hammer.
Left untreated, a hammer toe will become rigid over time, and can result in significant pain. If you’re suffering with one or more contracted toes, there are a variety of procedures that can help, including surgery.
Am I a Candidate for Hammer Toe Surgery?
There are several treatment options that you should explore prior to considering surgery. Wearing comfortable shoes, stretching and strengthening exercises and orthopedic inserts may help relieve your pain.
If you’re still experiencing significant discomfort after exhausting all non-surgical options, surgery may be the right choice for you. The best candidates are also healthy and possess realistic expectations.
What Happens During Hammer Toe Surgery?
The extent of your surgery will depend on the severity of your condition. Surgery is generally performed under local anesthetic combined with sedation. There are a number of procedures that may be used to correct your condition.
Some of the most commonly performed procedures include:
- Digital arthroplasty
- Digital arthrodesis
- Tendon transfer
Additional procedures may be necessary – especially in more severe cases. We will be able to provide you with further details following a clinical evaluation.
After Hammer Toe Surgery
Hammer toe surgery is generally an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home the same day. It is realistic to anticipate some swelling and discomfort during recovery. For the first 2-4 days, you may need crutches to get around.
Your mobility will continue to be somewhat limited for an additional 2 weeks and you may not be able to wear shoes for several weeks. Swelling should subside in about 6 weeks, but your foot will continue to heal for an additional 3 months or longer.
Scheduling Your Appointment
If you’re considering hammer toe surgery, contact Surgical Arts of Inland Empire at (909) 579-3111. We would be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of hammer toe surger with our Board Certified Podiatry Surgeony in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Service areas include: Corona, Chino Hills, Riverside, Newport Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Victorville and Hesperia, California.