Phalangeal Head Resection (Arthroplasty) for Toe Joint Deformities
Surgeons often use phalangeal head resection to correct
A variation of this surgery, implant arthroplasty, uses an implant made of a man-made material such as silicone to replace the removed bone segment.
Most people typically have this surgery as an
What To Expect After Surgery
The wire or tape used to hold the toe in the correct position usually remains in place for 3 to 6 weeks. Your toes may be taped together for 4 more weeks while they adjust to their new positions. You may be able to walk on the affected foot right after surgery, possibly with a special shoe. How soon you can start wearing your own shoes depends on how quickly you recover. You may need a follow-up
Why It Is Done
If you have severe pain in a toe that interferes with your daily activities, and if nonsurgical treatments such as
How Well It Works
The success of surgery for hammer, claw, and mallet toes has not been widely studied. The specific results and risks vary depending on the type of surgery, your surgeon's experience, and how severe your deformity is. After surgery, most people have toes that lie flat but do not have normal flexibility.
Possible complications of surgery include:
What To Think About
Hammer, claw, and mallet toes may come back after surgery. Loose
The affected toe or toes may remain somewhat bent after surgery.
Although surgery can reduce pain, it may not improve how your foot looks.
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