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 Hammertoe Correction

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What Is A Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a condition characterized by an abnormal bend in one or more of the smaller toes, causing them to resemble a hammer. It is typically caused by muscle imbalance, where the muscles and tendons that control toe movement become imbalanced, leading to a bending of the toe joints. This condition can be painful and make walking or wearing shoes uncomfortable.

What Is A Hammertoe Correction?

Hammertoe correction is a medical procedure aimed at correcting deformity and relieving associated symptoms. The specific approach to hammertoe correction can vary depending on the severity of the deformity and the patient’s individual circumstances.

Here are some common methods used in hammertoe correction:

#1 Conservative treatments: In mild cases of hammertoe, non-surgical approaches may be effective. These can include wearing proper footwear with a wider toe box, using orthotic devices or inserts to support the foot and relieve pressure, and doing exercises to stretch and strengthen the toe muscles.

#2 Toe splints or caps: Toe splints or caps can be used to straighten the affected toe and relieve pressure on the joint. They are typically worn during the day and can help correct the deformity over time.

#3 Medications and injections: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage the discomfort associated with hammertoe. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation and pain around the affected joint.

#4 Physical therapy: Physical therapy can be beneficial in stretching and strengthening the toe muscles, improving flexibility, and correcting muscle imbalances that contribute to hammertoe.

#5 Surgical intervention: When conservative treatments fail to provide sufficient relief, or in more severe cases of hammertoe, surgical correction may be recommended. The specific surgical technique will depend on the extent of the deformity, but it typically involves releasing or repositioning the tight tendons and ligaments, removing a small section of bone, and realigning the toe joint.

Postoperative Care:

It’s important to note that hammertoe correction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can typically go home the same day. The recovery period will vary depending on the extent of the surgery, but patients can generally expect some swelling, discomfort, and stiffness in the weeks following the procedure. Physical therapy and wearing special shoes may be recommended during the recovery period to aid in healing and rehabilitation. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with hammertoe correction, such as infection, bleeding, nerve damage, or recurrence of the deformity. It’s essential for patients to discuss the potential benefits and risks with their healthcare provider before deciding to undergo surgery.


In conclusion, hammertoe correction encompasses a range of treatments, from conservative measures to surgical intervention. The appropriate approach depends on the severity of the deformity and the individual patient. By seeking early treatment and working closely with healthcare professionals, individuals with hammertoe can find relief from pain, improve their foot function, and regain their quality of life.


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