The extent of the hammertoe will determine the type of procedure necessary. Your provider will determine the best treatment plan for your individual situation. Toes can be straightened and realigned by removing a portion of bone at the joint.
– Relief from chronic or severe foot pain and deformity
– Returning to normal daily activities and exercise
During The Procedure
During a hammertoe arthroplasty patients are sedated with a local anesthetic, through an IV line. In this procedure, the surgeon rebuilds or replaces the joint to restore joint function. The method can involve resurfacing the bones, or inserting an artificial joint. In hammertoe arthroplasty, a small portion of the bone is removed to allow the toe to straighten.
After The Procedure
Typically an outpatient procedure, patients are discharged the same day. Patients are advised to keep the foot elevated as much as possible to reduce pain and swelling. It may be necessary to avoid driving and putting pressure on the foot. Some patients will opt for crutches or a cane as the toe heals. Most patients recover within six to eight weeks of the procedure.