We Answer Your Hammertoe Surgery Questions
Some people are born with a type of foot that predisposes them to claw and hammer toes. Those who have flat feet, high-arched feet or flexible feet are more prone to develop these foot problems. Other causes include tendon imbalance, excessively long toes, rheumatoid arthritis, injury, and neuromuscular diseases. Overtime, the mechanics of their foot and shoes increase deformities. Women tend to be affected more due to the types of shoes they wear.
What is Hammertoe?
Hammertoe is a foot condition that results in the toe being bent upwards in the middle portion of the joint, making it somewhat look like a hammer. It can be either flexible or stiff, and it can result in significant pain. In some cases, it can even have a substantial effect on one’s quality of life.
What are the Signs I Need Hammertoe Surgery?
Many people want to avoid hammertoe surgery at all costs. Some try changing or stretching their shoes in order to find relief, while some wear padding around the affected area. However, if you try these quick-fixes and other treatments and still have pain or cannot wear footwear without significant discomfort, then you just might be the perfect candidate for hammertoe surgery.
What are Instances I Should Avoid Surgery?
If you have multiple foot problems, then you may want to hold off on hammertoe surgery until the other foot issues are rectified. You should also avoid having a procedure performed if you have poor circulation, a serious illness, or any sort of infection. Before any kind of surgery, you will need to have a detailed discussion with your podiatrist about all treatment options available to you.
What Happens After Surgery?
Following a hammertoe surgery, most people are required to wear special shoes for a little while in order for them to be able to walk. The length of time it will take to recover from this surgery will depend on the extent of the surgery. For the first weeks, you will most likely be required to rest for quite a bit. The affected foot must be kept elevated above your heart to reduce pain and swelling. The stitches usually come out two weeks later.
If you have more questions on hammertoe surgery, it is best to confer with Sheldon H. Nadal, D.P.M. He will not only discuss hammertoe surgery thoroughly, but he will also explain all available treatment options that are best for your case.