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Reasons for Procedure
- Other treatments have failed to bring about results
- The affected toe has assumed an awkward position and is causing pain
- The deformity makes walking difficult
- The position of the toe causes breakdown of skin. This can increase the risk of developing a bone infection.
- Excessive swelling, although the toe will normally be swollen for 4-8 weeks following surgery
- Anesthesia-related problems
- Recurrence of hammer toe
- Nerve or blood vessel injury to the toe
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
- Arrange for help at home after the procedure.
- Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to remove.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Use crutches or wear a special open-toed, wooden-soled shoe, as directed by your doctor.
- Follow your doctor's instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org
Nurses Entrepreneurial Foot Care Association of Canada http://www.nefca.ca
Hammer toe. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00160. Updated September 2012. Accessed March 2, 2015.
6/2/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, Kelly S, Wu P, Ebbert JO. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.e8.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/01/2013 -