Surgery is usually needed when the hammertoe has turned rigid and painful, or when an open sore develops.
Patients with hammertoe usually have other foot deformities corrected simultaneously. The procedure or combination of procedures will be based on a number of factors including the advancement of your hammertoe, the number of affected toes, your age and your activity level. Recovery periods vary in length depending on the selected procedure or procedures.
Surgical correction of a hammertoe can be performed using one or a combination of several different procedures depending on the type of hammertoe deformity I. E. Flexible semirigid or rigid. Common procedures include the following:
Many of these procedures can be performed in the office under local anesthetic or In an outpatient surgical setting. Rarely is hospitalization required.
Dr. Radovic can determine which procedure or procedures will best fit the correction of the deformity Considering such factors as your health status, age, activity level, expectations and prognosis. Recovery time varies however most cases require a walking boot or postoperative sandal for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. Dr. Radovic's goals performing hammertoe surgery are to eliminate pain, restore function and offer a cosmetically pleasing result.