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Hammertoe Surgery Risk Factors

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, or fourth toe that causes a bend at the middle joint so that it resembles a hammer. A hammertoe can significantly affect mobility and cause discomfort, especially while wearing shoes. Conservative treatment measures include wearing proper footwear and orthotics, but more severe cases may necessitate surgical intervention which carries certain risks. Post-operative complications may include pain, swelling, and difficulty in weight bearing. Nerve damage leading to sensations of numbness or tingling, reduced range of motion in the toe, and the risk of infection at the surgical site are further risk factors. Additionally, there is a possibility of the toe not sitting completely flat on the ground after surgery, which can affect balance and mobility. To determine the best course in managing a hammertoe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out if surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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