By Joseph M. LaCava, DPM
April 29, 2015
Category: Hammertoes
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Here at Central Arkansas Foot Care, we understand that choosing surgery is not an easy decision. There are many considerations that you have to weigh, including the recovery period. When it comes to hammertoe surgery as a means of correcting your condition, we are here to help you every step of the way. This includes making sure that you can be confident in making your decision.

We will always attempt to treat hammertoes—or any condition, actually—with conservative methods first. When it comes to toe deformities, which also include mallet and claw toes, some of the nonsurgical options are switching your footwear to roomier models, using orthotics, and taking medication to relieve the pain from the condition.

If conservative methods are simply not proving to be effective, or the condition causes great pain or prevents you from daily activity, we will discuss hammertoe surgery.

The root cause of the problem is an imbalance between the muscles and tendons on the top of your toes versus the ones in the bottom. When everything is running smoothly and in a natural manner, the opposing sets work together. With an imbalance, though, this does not happen and we can correct that by moving tendons or cutting supporting tissue.

Other surgical procedures for hammertoe correction include removing part of a toe bone (arthroplasty), removing part of the affected joint and allowing the toe bones to grow together (arthrodesis), or even using a toe implant to straighten a toe or replace a bent joint. In extremely rare cases, amputation may need to be considered.

Following your procedure, you will be given post-op instructions. You will likely experience swelling and stiffness in the area. Complete healing from the procedure generally takes between four to eight weeks, depending on the procedure, but we will discuss this for your particular situation.

If you need treatment for a hammertoe or other toe deformity, Central Arkansas Foot Care is here for you. We have three conveniently-located offices in Hot Springs, Malvern, and Arkadelphia, AR and are ready to help restore your foot’s health today. Contact us through our online form or give us a call at (501) 321-4844 to schedule an appointment.