Why you might need?
Toe problems and deformities like hammer toe happen when the tendons that allow the toes to move get too tight or out of balance. The affected toe rubs on other toes and on the inside of your shoe causing pressure and pain.
Placing padding between the toes and strapping them in place can help to stop the pain caused by rubbing. Insoles tailored to your feet and shoes will help take the pressure off any painful areas and special shoes that are both wider and deeper than normal can stop the toes rubbing together. If the pain persists surgery may be recommended.
Depending on the type of problem with your toe will depend on what surgery you have. The surgery will involve either releasing or lengthening the tendons, putting the joints back in place and fixing with wires or tiny screws, putting joints back into place and either straightening the toes or changing the shape of it.
Your consultant will provide you with all the relevant information before your procedure along with any preparation you may need to do in the days leading up to your surgery. It is important to tell your consultant about any medicines you may be taking, including any over the counter pain medicines such as paracetamol or aspirin.
You may need imaging tests before your surgery, including ultrasound, x-ray or an MRI.
Do not eat or drink before you are due to have surgery otherwise your surgery may be delayed - you will receive more detailed information on fasting prior to your procedure.
Please ensure you have a companion available to take you home after you leave OneWelbeck Orthopaedics.
As with any surgery there can be risks and complications although most people make a good recovery. Some of the risks include:
Our leading expert orthopaedic consultants will be able to help with any concerns you may have.
After your operation, you will be watched by your dedicated nurse at OneWelbeck Orthopaedics for the few hours after your surgery. To keep your toe for being damaged further, you may need to wear a surgical shoe. You may also need to use crutches to stop you putting weight on your toe. Once you have seen your Consultant you will be able to go home the same day.
Make sure you follow any advice given to you by your consultant orthopaedic surgeon including any advice on pain relief and wound dressing.