Do you have to break a bone to fix a hammertoe deformity?

Hammertoes are a deformity of the toes that typically develop from a muscle imbalance in the foot. They can become rigid and painful. Many turn to surgical correction to relieve their pain and restore function to their feet.

What does hammertoe surgery involve?

When hammertoes require surgery, there are several options depending on the nature and severity of your condition. During surgery, the bones are not typically “broken” but rather sections of the bone may be removed. During an arthroplasty, which is a common hammertoe surgery option, one side of the toe joint is removed so the toe can relax and lie flat. The tendons around that toe are then cut and reattached to support the new position of the toe. Sometimes a pin is set in through the end of the toe to keep the toe stable.  Another procedure, called arthrodesis is when the toe joints are fused together. This prevents the toe from bending but can alleviate pain from a hammertoe deformity.

If you have painful hammertoes, there is no need to fear treatment even if surgery is necessary. Dr. Danciger can evaluate the nature of your problem and advise on the best course of treatment to alleviate your pain. Call us today at (760) 568-0108 or connect with us online with any questions or to schedule an appointment


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