Hammer Toe Correction

Hammer toe occurs when there is a shortening of the tendon that controls toe movement. This causes the middle joint of the toe to be bent upward and the outer joint downwards. The misshapen toe resembles a hammer. A hammer toe correction is done to correct a toe deformity called a hammer toe.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • 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 medicines you have been given

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    Hammer toe occurs when there is a shortening of the tendon that controls toe movement. This causes the middle joint of the toe to be bent upward and the outer joint downwards. The misshapen toe resembles a hammer. A hammer toe correction is done to correct a toe deformity called a
    hammer toe.

    Hammer toe
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    A hammertoe correction is considered when:

    • 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.

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have the correction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • 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

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Smoking
    • Diabetes
    • Bleeding disorders
    • Poor circulation
    • Obesity