New advances in surgery and technology allows for NO pins out of the toes.
A hammertoe is a very common condition where the toes become retracted or clawed. The toes appear bent and often produce a forefoot that is wider and deeper. The hammertoe will often then rub on shoes leading to painful friction and corn formation.
Hammertoes develop for many reasons including poor foot function (biomechanics), tight shoe wear, genetics and trauma.
Hammertoes may be mild and flexible or severe and rigid. Treatment could be commenced by a general podiatrist who could produce orthotics, toe splints or protective pads. If these prove ineffective then surgery could be considered. The surgery can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. Depending on the severity an appropriate procedure would be chosen. These can vary from simple soft tissue release to bony realignment and tendon transfer and in severe cases internal absorbable pins may be required. Pins protruding out of toes are rarely required, when modern procedures are carried out.
Surgery is on a day care arrangement and no cast is required. Sutures are removed after two weeks and a return to deep wide shoes or sandals can occur after approximately four weeks. Full return to activity and shoe wear should be achievable. Again in most cases complete control of pain is achieved.
Foot surgery has markedly improved and the likelihood of complications is reduced although they may still occur. This will be discussed before any surgery is entered into.