Toes that are misshapen either from birth or trauma, or those that have become progressively deformed with time can be straightened. Toes can be clawed like in a hammertoe deformity or they can rotate at one or more of the joints. They can be painful and rub in footwear as well as be cosmetically unappealing.Toe straightening generally involves removal of part of one or more of the toe bones with wedging as appropriate to realign, and placing of pins or screws to hold the bone in the corrected position. Usually the tendons around the joint need to be lengthened and rebalanced to allow the deformity to reduce and prevent recurrence.
Anyone who has distorted toes can be appropriate for this procedure. These can be seen as a hammertoes deformity, or a curly or retracted and elevated toe. It is a day surgery procedure performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation.
Pain levels vary but generally this is well tolerated and people will usually take painkillers for up to three days after. It is important you rest and keep the foot elevated during the recovery process.
Recovery time depends on the procedure performed. If no fixation is required and it is only the toe you may be able to start returning to footwear and activity in as little as two weeks. If a pin has been put in it may be 4-6 weeks before you can start returning to normal footwear. It is important to rest the foot whilst the bones are consolidating.
Most concerns have more than one course of treatment. Feel free to contact us so one of our team can discuss options for your unique concern.