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Hammertoe Surgery

If you are experiencing pain in your toes, you may be considering hammertoe surgery. This type of surgery is used to correct the deformity of the toe joint, which can be caused by a number of factors such as genetics or wearing ill-fitting shoes. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of Hammertoe surgery, what to expect during the procedure and recovery process, and some tips to help you prepare for surgery.

What Is A Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a deformity of the toe joint in which the toe bends downward instead of pointing forward. This condition can be caused by a number of factors, such as genetics, wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow, or arthritis. Hammertoe can cause pain and difficulty walking, and if left untreated, the condition may worsen over time.

Types of Hammertoe Surgery:

There are a number of different types of hammertoe surgery that can be performed, depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s anatomy.

Bunionectomy:

The most common type of surgery. A bunion is a deformity of the big toe in which the bone at the base of the toe becomes enlarged and sticks out, in which the bunion (a bony bump at the base of the big toe) is removed.

Hammertoe Repair:

This surgery is used to correct Hammertoe’s deformity. Hammertoe is a condition in which the toe bends downward instead of pointing forward.

Arthroplasty:

This surgery is used to replace a joint that has been damaged by arthritis.

Tendon transfer:

This surgery is used to move a tendon from one part of the body to another. This procedure may be used to correct Hammertoe deformity.

Arthrodesis:

This procedure involves fusing the toe joint together in order to correct the deformity.

Joint Resection:

In this procedure, the surgeon will remove a portion of the toe joint in order to straighten it. This is the most common type of Hammertoe surgery.

Metatarsal osteotomy:

In this procedure, the surgeon will shorten or lengthen the metatarsal bone in order to correct the deformity.

Each of these procedures has its own set of risks and benefits, so be sure to discuss them with your doctor before making a decision.

What to Expect During Surgery

The specifics of each Hammertoe surgery will vary depending on which type is performed, but generally, you can expect the following:

  • You will be given general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep during the surgery.
  • The surgeon will make an incision in the toe joint and correct the deformity.
  • The incision will then be closed with stitches and a bandage will be applied.
  • You may experience some swelling and pain after surgery, which can be treated with medication.

The surgery will most likely be performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be unconscious and unable to feel pain. The surgery itself will take about an hour, after which you will be taken to the recovery room. You may experience some swelling and bruise in the days following surgery, but this should subside within a few weeks.

Recovery Time

The amount of time it will take you to recover from hammertoe surgery will vary depending on the type of surgery performed, but generally, you can expect the following:

Bunion Surgery:

Recovery time for this surgery is typically about four weeks. You will likely be able to resume light activities after about two weeks, but you will need to avoid strenuous activity for four weeks.

Arthrodesis:

You will likely need to wear a cast or boot for several weeks after surgery while the toe joint heals. You may need to use crutches for a short time as well. Full recovery will take several months.

Joint Resection:

In joint resection recovery, you will likely need to wear a cast or boot for several weeks after surgery while the toe joint heals. You may need to use crutches for a short time as well. Full recovery will take several months.

Metatarsal Osteotomy:

Metatarsal osteotomy recovery needs a longer time, about three to four months. You will likely need to wear a cast or boot for several weeks after surgery while the toe joint heals. You may need to use crutches for a short time as well. Full recovery will take several months.

After hammertoe surgery, you will need to take it easy and avoid putting weight on the surgery site. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully during this time so that you can make a full and speedy recovery.

Most people can return to their normal activities within a few months after Hammertoe surgery. However, depending on the type of surgery performed, you may need to avoid certain activities for a period. Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about what restrictions you may need to follow after surgery.

Treat your Hammertoe by Visiting the Board-Certified Podiatrist at Your Total Footcare Specialist in Katy, Cypress, Copperfield, Galleria, and Memorial.

Hammertoe surgery is a relatively minor procedure, but it is still important to follow your doctor’s instructions closely to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to speak with your doctor.

If you are experiencing pain or difficulty walking due to hammertoe, surgery may be the best option for you. Talk to your board-certified podiatric surgeon about the different types of hammertoe surgery available and what to expect during and after the procedure. With a little bit of healing time, you can be on your way to enjoying pain-free feet once again.

Treat your Hammertoe by Visiting the Board-Certified Podiatrist at Your Total Footcare Specialist in Katy, Cypress, Copperfield, Galleria, and Memorial.