This innovative procedure performed by Dr. Lopez can correct your hammertoe deformity with a simple and quick minimally invasive approach.
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This innovative approach to hammertoe correction utilizes a hidden plantar (bottom) incision on the affected toe. Unlike traditional hammertoe surgery where a large unsightly incision is placed on the top of the toe, with this technique the incision is hidden in the flexural surface so that there is no visible scar. Not only is this approach more cosmetically appealing but it requires far less trauma to the skin and underlying tissue. This means there is substantially less pain and swelling compared with the traditional method, as well as a faster recovery.
Hammertoes can cause you discomfort while walking or when you simply try to move or stretch your toes. You may also develop corns or calluses on the top of the toe and the ball of the foot and have difficulty fitting into your shoes. While in the early stages of a hammertoe, the joint may still be flexible and conservative therapy will provide sufficient relief, left untreated your toe will become more rigid and less responsive to these methods of care.
One of the most common toe deformities seen by our office is a hammertoe. Most often attributed to wearing ill-fitting, tight footwear or high-heeled shoes that squish the toes into a bent position, a hammertoe can also be influenced by genetic factors, the result of a bunion, or caused by arthritis in the toe joint.