Choosing A Treatment Plan for Hammertoes That Works For You
When it comes to treating hammertoes, our preference is always to use non-surgical options to address your pain, enable you to live your preferred lifestyle, and keep the hammertoe from getting worse (or at least slowing the deterioration).
Non-surgical treatments are most likely to be successful when the hammertoe is mild and still flexible. Options may include:
- Wearing shoes (and in some cases orthotics) that better accommodate the hammertoe and support the feet
- Wearing pads on the toe to protect it against corns, blisters, or sores caused by friction.
- Wearing toe spacers, hammertoe separators, or “buddy taping” to keep your hammertoe in a flat position (if the joint is still flexible).
If these techniques do not allow you to live your preferred lifestyle comfortably, or it’s clear from our initial evaluation that they would be insufficient, we will likely recommend reconstructive surgery instead.
Exploring Hammertoe Surgery
Hammertoe surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting. There are a variety of surgical techniques that may be used, including tendon transfers, joint resection, or in some cases joint fusion. We’ll discuss all your options with you, including any pros or cons of each, so you can be confident in your choice. Regardless of the procedure, the long-term results are very good to excellent for the vast majority of patients.
After surgery, you can usually expect at least a few weeks of no or limited weight-bearing, followed by a gradual return to normal shoes and more vigorous activities. Full recovery time is about six to eight weeks for most people, although this can be faster or slower depending on the surgical procedure, your health status, and other factors.
Again, we will go over all this with you in detail, including what to expect and how to care for your toe after surgery, and before your procedure. And you can always call us anytime afterward if you have questions!
Get the Care You Need Today
We’ll say it one more time: the sooner you seek help for a hammertoe, the greater your chances of avoiding or at least delaying a surgical procedure—and of course, the less total pain you have to put up with.
To schedule an appointment at one of our six convenient locations in Missouri or Kansas, give us a call today at (816) 455-1155.