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Hammer toe foot surgery

Hammer toe foot surgery is a procedure performed to correct a deformity called hammer toe, which involves an abnormal bending or curling of the toe joint. The surgery aims to alleviate pain, improve foot function, and correct the appearance of the affected toe.

There are different surgical techniques available, and the specific procedure performed depends on the severity of the hammer toe and the patient’s individual circumstances. Here is an overview of some common surgical approaches:

  1. Arthroplasty: This procedure involves removing a small section of bone from the affected toe joint to straighten it. The surgeon may also remove any damaged tissue or correct any soft tissue imbalances around the joint.
  2. Arthrodesis: In this technique, the surgeon fuses the toe joint using pins, screws, or other devices. By fusing the joint, the toe is held in a corrected position permanently. This method is typically used for severe cases or when other surgical options are not suitable.
  3. Tendon transfer: The surgeon may perform a tendon transfer to rebalance the tendons around the affected toe joint. This procedure involves detaching and repositioning the tendons to help straighten the toe.
  4. Joint resection: If the deformity is less severe and involves a flexible joint, the surgeon may remove a portion of the bone at the joint to straighten the toe.

The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day. The surgeon may use local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the procedure and your overall health.

After the surgery, you will need to follow your doctor’s instructions for post-operative care, which may include keeping the foot elevated, using ice packs, taking prescribed medications, and wearing special footwear or a splint to support the toe during the healing process. Physical therapy or exercises may also be recommended to aid in recovery.

It’s important to note that the specifics of the surgical procedure may vary depending on the individual case, the surgeon’s preferences, and other factors. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with a qualified orthopedic surgeon or foot specialist who can evaluate your condition and recommend the most appropriate surgical approach for your situation.

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