April 2024

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Exploring Hammertoe Surgery

Patients considering hammertoe surgery should be aware of potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. These include post-operative pain, swelling, and the risk of bone spur recurrence, particularly if they were a contributing factor to the hammertoe. Other complications from hammertoe surgery can include difficulty with toe mobility and altered gait, along with the possibility of nerve damage that leads to pain or numbness. As with any surgery,  infection at the surgical site is another concern. Following post-operative care instructions and attending follow-up appointments with a podiatrist are vital steps in minimizing the risk of complications. To find out whether hammertoe surgery is right for you, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to make an informed decision.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact John McGhan, DPM from Gold Canyon Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Gold Canyon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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