Is Now The Right Time For Hammertoe Surgery?

You are probably getting tired of that toe of yours that stays bent in the middle and won’t lie flat, or maybe it is starting to hurt more. As with many other foot deformities, you may have a choice of treatment options when it comes to your hammertoes. One potential solution is to pursue a package of conservative therapies that could bring symptom relief or protection from complications such as corns and calluses. Another option would be surgical correction.

But what if you’ve tried a few conservative treatments—new shoes, taping, padding, injections, etc.—and are still having problems? Or what if you’ve been dragging your feet on getting any treatment at all, while the joints just keep getting stiffer and more painful? How will you know when the time is right for hammertoe surgery?

In general, we always want to encourage you to pursue conservative options before moving on to surgical correction. Although these treatments won’t fix the bend in your toes, they could nonetheless bring relief from symptoms and return you to full activity, particularly if the hammertoes are less severe.

However, if pain is a constant companion and conservative therapies have been tried without success (or are not warranted in your case), exploring surgery is the logical next step.

At Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center, we pride ourselves on the quality of our surgical care. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will carefully review the condition of your hammertoe and speak with you in detail about your symptoms, your typical lifestyle, and your personal goals. This information will help us develop a surgical approach that will best suit your individual needs.

Surgery is an investment in the health and happiness of your future self. Is now the right time for hammertoe surgery? Let’s find out together. If you’re struggling with this painful bent toe deformity, give us a call at 303-423-2520.

Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center

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