Depending on your specific condition, your surgeon may recommend the MiToe™ Hammertoe Fixation System for several reasons that will benefit you as a patient.
A Lasting Solution
With a wire treatment, nothing remains in the toe once the wire pins are removed. Hammertoes can then recur, especially if the bones in the toe were not able to fully heal.* As an alternative to traditional wire treatment, the MiToe™ implant is implanted within the bone and remains there, within the toe.
The one-piece, internal design of the MiToe™ implant eliminates the discomfort and inconvenience of exposed and protruding wires commonly associated with traditional hammertoe implants.
Fewer Complications Compared to Traditional K-Wires
Ordinary hammertoe procedures often use exposed wires which extend outside the end of toes for 4-6 weeks. Common problems associated with wires include infection, where the wires come out of the toe, breakage, pain from hitting the wire, and lack of rotational stability causing the toe to look crooked. In addition, wires require a second in-office procedure to remove them, which can cause a lot of anxiety for many patients.
Once inserted, the MiToe™ implant remains within the bone, correcting the pain and deformity of hammertoes while eliminating many of the complications specific to wires.
Any surgery requires a period of healing and rehabilitation. However, by eliminating many of the complications and hassles associated with wires, the MiToe™ implant was designed to simplify your recovery to get you back on your feet quickly.
* Coughlin M. Lesser toe deformities. In: Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, ed 9, pp. 363-464, edited by M Coughlin, R Mann, C Saltzman, Mosby, Philadelphia, 2007.