Know More About Hammertoe Surgery
posted: Sep. 20, 2017.
If you have been really uncomfortable or hurt because of a hammertoe, you are probably considering getting a hammertoe surgery, right? If so, you probably have a few questions on your mind about the procedure. This article is perfect for you! Let us answer some of those questions for you today.
“What is a hammertoe?”
It is a condition wherein the toe is bent upward in the middle part of the joint in such a way that it somewhat resembles a hammer. It can either be flexible or stiff. It can also cause significant pain. Needless to say, a hammertoe can have a big effect on the quality of life of those who are suffering from it.
“How do I know that I need a hammertoe surgery?”
It is understandable that a lot of people want to avoid hammertoe surgery . Stretching shoes or wearing padding around the area may help a little. However, if these and/or other treatments prove ineffective in relieving discomfort, you are a probable candidate for a surgery. Podiatrists like Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM can help you determine the best way to deal with this foot condition.
“Are there any instances where I should not have surgery?”
You might want to hold off on surgery if you have other foot issues, at least until those other conditions are solved. You should also think twice about having a surgery if you are suffering from poor circulation, any kind of infection, or if you are seriously ill. Of course, you would have to discuss with your podiatrist in full detail everything there is to know about your health, as well as the treatment options available to you.
“What’s going to happen after the surgery?”
Many patients find that they have to wear special footwear after their hammertoe surgery for a while for them to be able to walk. The length of your recovery period depends greatly on how extensive the surgery is. You can expect, though, that you are going to have to rest for the first few weeks following the surgery. Keeping your foot elevated can reduce the pain and swelling. As for the stitches, they usually come out two or three weeks after the hammertoe surgery.
Do you have any other questions or concerns regarding hammertoe surgery? Do you want to be scheduled for an examination to find out if a hammertoe surgery is the right approach to your particular situation? Get in touch with Sheldon Nadal, DPM. 416-486-9917. He will be more than happy to explain everything you need to know about this procedure.