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Hammer Toe Surgery

The ultimate goal of hammer toe surgery is to improve the symptoms by restoring function, alignment and avoiding recurrence. This correction procedure can be accomplished only if the treating surgeon has a sound understanding of the normal anatomy and pathology of the various deformities.

If conservative treatments to correct your hammertoe were to no avail, you are fortunate to have access to the service of the leading podiatric physician in Clifton, New Jersey and Wayne, New Jersey, Dr. Velimir Petkov. His workmanlike job has attracted international attention and has made him arguably the best hammer toe surgeon in NJ.

What Is Hammer Toe Surgery?

What Is Hammer Toe Surgery?Hammer toe surgery is a procedure that is aimed at correcting the deformity that causes a toe to become bent upward in the middle.

Your hammertoe can be either flexible or stiff. Depending on the flexibility of your toe, Dr. Petkov of Premier Podiatry will decide on the best surgical technique.

If you have other foot problems, such as corns, callouses, or a bunion, along with the hammer toe deformity, you should consider addressing them as one problem might contribute to the other.

In its earliest stages, a hammer toe is flexible enough that it can be fixed with conservative treatments, but you still need to seek the advice of an expert podiatrist at the first sign of the abnormality. Once the toe becomes rigid, you may need hammer toe correction surgery. If you have a toe joint that’s bent, painful, and difficult to move, have your feet examined by a foot specialist at Clifton podiatry practice for a firm diagnosis and effective treatment.

What Are My Hammer Toe Surgery Options?

When your hammer toe is still flexible, it may be possible to correct it without surgery. But if more supportive footwear, orthotics, or toe exercises do not relieve your toe pain, surgical intervention is the only way to get back to a pain-free life. It’s especially important to get professional guidance for your foot deformity if you have medical problems such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. The earlier you see your foot specialist, the more likely it is that conservative treatment will work for you.

A hammer toe surgery procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia, which shortens recovery time and prevents complications that can occur when general anesthesia is used. The most common surgery for hammer toe used to be a traditional procedure that involved permanently fusing two bones together to straighten and stabilize the toe.

Newer hammertoe correction procedures allow your podiatrist to implant permanent rods and screws in the toe to hold it stable or use a minimally invasive procedure to release the stuck tendons. A typical hammer toe operation takes less than an hour, and you’ll usually go home on the same day.

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What Can I Expect After Surgery for Hammer Toe Correction?

Once the surgery is complete, you may experience some stiffness and swelling in the toe. Swelling is a normal part of the healing process. In some cases, it can persist even up to 6 months after the hammertoe operation. That’s normal. It may take up to 12 weeks to be able to wear most of your own shoes. You may need a wide, soft, and deep shoe in the meantime. Dr. Petkov is always on hand to support and guide you throughout the rehabilitation phase, hence, a swift and healthy recovery can be guaranteed.

To help his patients recover faster after the hammertoe correction, Dr. Petkov advises:

  • Keeping your foot elevated as much as possible for the first few weeks after surgery
  • Wearing a special shoe to avoid bearing any weight on your foot for four to six weeks
  • Using crutches whenever you walk, keeping weight off the recovering toe
  • Following your doctor’s orders for physical therapy to increase your chances of a full recovery

Are There Any Potential Complications?

While being an undisputed leader in hammer toe treatment in Clifton, NJ, Dr. Velimir Petkov performs the hammer toe surgery procedure under the most stringent protocols of safety. Before surgery, he conducts a thorough evaluation meticulously examining each patient. Only then, can he enact the successful outcomes he is known for. But all surgeries carry a certain degree of risk and hammer toe surgery is not an exception.

Surgical correction might lead to complications, including, but not limited to:

  • Recurrent deformity
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Vascular impairment
  • Malalignment
  • PIP joint instability
  • Chronic edema
  • Infection

Even though these complications are rare, Dr. Petkov always discloses all the potential risks in a clear and detailed manner prior to hammertoe surgery in New Jersey.

The best person to evaluate and treat hammer toe or any kind of foot pain, heel pain, ankle pain or toe pain is an expert in the field of podiatry. You don’t need to live with the discomfort of hammer toe, bunions or other foot problems. Contact Premier Podiatry today and make an appointment to see Dr. Petkov for an evaluation and professional recommendation on the best treatment for you to correct your hammer toe.

Page Updated on Nov 28, 2021 by Velimir Petkov, DPM (Podiatrist) of Premier Podiatry

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