A procedure used to alleviate pain or deformity in the toe. It is often performed to correct hallux valgus (Hammer Toe), or to straighten a bone that has healed improperly as a result of a fracture. This procedure involves the surgeon making one or more small incisions on the toe and inserting a small surgical camera (about the width of a pencil) into the incision. This camera is known as an endoscope. This camera allows the surgeon to see the toe in high definition and navigate around all of the structures. Once the toe has been examined, the bone in the toe may be trimmed, lengthened, or change in alignment. It is often performed to correct hallux valgus (Hammer Toe), or to straighten a bone that has healed improperly as a result of a fracture. The incision is then closed with either a stitch or sterile adhesive strips.
Hammer toe correction is performed as an outpatient procedure using a minimally invasive approach at Regency Healthcare’s state of the art surgical facility. Patients will not need to stay overnight and will be able to leave the surgical practice the same day. Each additional toe is $500.
The surgical repair of hammer toe or contracted toe. Hammer toe is a deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the second, third, or fourth toe causing it to be permanently bent, resembling a hammer.
Hammer toe most frequently results from wearing poorly fitting shoes that can force the toe into a bent position, such as excessively high heels or shoes that are too short or narrow for the foot. Having the toes bent for long periods of time can cause the muscles in them to shorten, resulting in the hammer toe deformity. This is often found in conjunction with bunions or other foot problems. It can also be caused by muscle, nerve, or joint damage resulting from conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or diabetes. Hammer toe can also be found in Friedreich’s ataxia (GAA trinucleotide repeat).