Hammertoe Surgery May Be the Answer for Your Pain

Are your toes beginning to hurt?The College of the Desert is bringing the smash-hit musical Les Miserables to the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA, May 1-4, 2014. The college has received the Desert Star Award for Best Musical six years in a row, so it is sure to be awesome! If you dress up for this evening out, having painful hammertoes could make you miserable in your fancy heels and prevent you from enjoying a night out. If you have been suffering for a while, it may be time to consider hammertoe surgery.

Surgery of any kind can be scary to think about, but if conservative treatment options aren’t helping resolve your hammertoe pain, it may be the answer. At our podiatric office, we understand the frustration and discomfort that can come from having hammertoes. Unfortunately this condition is progressive. At first the deformity can be mild and flexible and will respond to many conservative treatment methods. When they are left untreated or progress quickly, however, they can become permanently curled and fixed in place. This can make it painful to wear shoes and stay active. It is often at this point that we discuss surgical options to help relieve symptoms. Are you at the point where your toes are fixed, rigid and painful?

There are several types of surgery depending on the severity of your condition. Resection involves reshaping the bone of the curled joint; arthrodesis is when the curled joint is fused flat so the toe cannot curl up anymore; and a tendon transfer removes a tight tendon and then places it at the top of the toe to move the toe into proper alignment. Sometimes a tight tendon only needs to be partially cut to allow the toe to relax and straighten out. Surgery is often an outpatient procedure with local anesthetic and our caring staff will guide you through every step of the process.

If you would like to be rid of hammertoe pain and wonder whether surgery is right for you, please contact our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger. It is time to be free of pain and get back to enjoying the things you love to do! 

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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