Mallet Toes: Do I Need Surgery?

Have you been walking around in pain because of your mallet toes? Or maybe blisters, corns, calluses, and sores have you wishing for relief from your mallet toe discomfort.  However, you don’t need to endure the agony any longer!

A mallet toe is a condition that commonly develops from improperly fitting shoes, abnormal gait causing improper pulling of the tendon to the toes, bone abnormalities and neurological issues, which cause the toe to bend at an abnormal angle.  It bends down at the joint closest to the tip.  Since the claw-like shape can create multiple foot problems that cause pain, it’s important to attend to your toes with the right form of treatment to help alleviate your pain. If nonsurgical forms of treatment, such as padding and medication, are not helpful in relieving your pain, surgery may be your next option.

Podiatrist Harvey Danciger can properly evaluate your mallet toe condition and determine whether or not surgery would be the best form of treatment. Surgery can be considered if you have the following:

  • Chronic pain in the mallet toe that disrupts your daily activities where nonsurgical treatments have failed to treat.
  • A severely deformed foot that interferes with your daily activities.
  • Pain that is related to a fixed toe joint deformity.

If you are an athlete, child, have diabetes, circulatory problems, or rheumatoid arthritis, special considerations will be taken to determine if surgery for your mallet toe is the right choice without risk for your health.

Different types of surgery can be used to cure your mallet toe including:

  • Arthroplasty where part of the toe bone is removed.
  • Joint fusion where part of the joint is removed so the toe bones can grow together.
  • Cutting tissue or tendons in the toe joint in order for the tension to relax and allow the toe to straighten out again.

With nonsurgical treatments and surgical options that are successful, you don’t have to live with your toe pain because of mallet toes. Please contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger to determine which form of treatment is beneficial to relieve your foot pain.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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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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