January is Get Organized Month— a time to get your life in order. It’s the start of a new year, so if you’ve been needing to organize and take care of things in your life, what better time than now, after you’ve enjoyed the holidays? It might even be the right time to think about finally dealing with your painful hammertoes, even if that means considering a hammertoe surgery.
A hammertoe is a toe deformity that only gets worse if you leave it untreated. In most cases, conservative care to treat hammertoes is effective. Wearing wider, deeper footwear with appropriate support and cushioning can help. Pads reposition your digit and may reduce some of the pressure on the foot. Toe exercises and stretches release and strengthen the tightened, imbalanced tendons as well.
Sometimes, however, toes don’t respond to these basic methods. The noninvasive therapies may not be enough to relax the digit, or the condition may have advanced too far, leaving your toe too stiff. Once your toe becomes rigid and fixed in place, the conservative treatments are not going to do much for you. Wearing normal shoes and even walking will grow more and more uncomfortable. This is when hammertoe surgery becomes a realistic—and even necessary—option.
There are several different procedures that treat hammertoes. Transferring tendons can help keep the toe straight instead of bent. Cutting and re-sectioning the middle joint of the affected toe is another common method. If your toe is completely rigid or you’ve developed arthritis, you may need to fuse the middle joint so it doesn’t bend again.
Like any procedure, hammertoe surgery is a big step for your recovery, and not one you take unless you actually need it. Let Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you determine if a procedure would benefit your foot—and then get you back to a pain-free life. Use our website or call (702) 839-2010 to make an appointment with our Las Vegas offices today.