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Types of Corrective Surgery
Discussions with your surgeon should include specifics about your age, activity level, lifestyle, the type of shoes you want to wear, the number of toes involved and the severity of the toe problem.
Surgery to correct hammertoes, mallet toes or claw toes is often required when the painful toe joint has become rigid or inflexible.
Different foot and toe surgeries to straighten the toe and allow for natural flexibility may involve cutting or re-aligning tendons, re-balancing muscle, and/or removing small portions of bone. When bone is removed, the repaired bones may be:
Arthrodesis is the medical term for fusing the joint. This surgery is usually reserved for more severe cases where the toes have become malformed and rigid.
During this procedure, your surgeon will use an implant, screws or a temporary wire to permanently fuse two of the toe bones together – typically the second and third bone from the end of the toe (proximal and middle phalanges). The surgeon removes cartilage and small portions from each bone in the joint, and then affixes them with the selected device to promote eventual fusion.
Surgery using the Smart Toe memory implant is one of the latest types of arthrodesis.
If surgery is recommended, ask your podiatrist or orthopedic foot doctor about the Smart Toe implant and if it is the right solution for you.