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Hammer Toe Correction
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Hammer Toe Correction?

A hammer toe correction is done to correct a foot deformity called a hammer toe .

Hammer toe
Hammer toe
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Hammer toe occurs when there is a shortening of the tendon that controls toe movement. This causes the middle joint of the toe to be bent upward and the outer joint downwards. The misshapen toe resembles a hammer. A hammertoe correction is considered when:

  • Other treatments have failed to bring about results.
  • The malformed toe has assumed an awkward position and is causing pain.
  • The deformity makes walking difficult.
  • The position of the toe causes breakdown of skin. This can increase the risk of developing a bone infection.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have the correction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Excessive swelling, although the toe will normally be swollen for 4-8 weeks following surgery
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • Recurrence of hammer toe
  • Nerve or blood vessel injury to the toe

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Diabetes
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Poor circulation

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any...