Hammer toe surgery
straightens a curled toe that causes problems and does not get better with
other treatment. Your doctor will make one or more small cuts on
your deformed toe joint. These cuts are called incisions. Your doctor will make them to release the tendons
that are holding your toe. Then he or she may remove pieces of bone. Your toe
may be held in place with a pin. The pin will be removed after about 3 to 6
can go home right after this surgery. You may be able to go back to your
normal routine within 3 to 6 weeks. But it may take longer to
recover. You should be able to walk on your toe within a day after surgery. But
you may need crutches for a few days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go
to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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