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Phalangeal Head Resection for Hammer Toe


Phalangeal head resection for hammer toe: Slide 1

Picture of a hammer toe

A hammer toe is a toe that bends down toward the floor at the middle toe joint. It usually happens in the second toe. The toe may bend up at the joint where the toe and foot meet, causing the middle toe joint to rise up.

Phalangeal head resection for hammer toe: Slide 2

Picture of a hammer toe and the section of bone to be removed

In a phalangeal head resection for a hammer toe, the surgeon removes a section of the phalangeal bone.

Phalangeal head resection for hammer toe: Slide 3

Picture of the bone section removed

The surgeon removes the bone section.

Phalangeal head resection for hammer toe: Slide 4

Picture of the straightened toe after bone section has been removed

The surgeon straightens the toe.

Phalangeal head resection for hammer toe: Slide 5

Picture of a pin holding the straightened bone in place

The surgeon uses a pin to hold the straightened hammer toe in place.

Phalangeal head resection for hammer toe: Slide 6

Picture of straightened toe after pin is removed

After the toe has healed, the surgeon removes the pin, and the straightened hammer toe stays in place.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerGavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Last RevisedJune 29, 2011

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