The Hammertoe Surgery Recovery Process

Hammertoe surgery recovery for patient

Hammertoe surgery can both reduce pain and improve the function and appearance of your toe. Your surgeon will create a recovery specific to you and your surgery, so post-operative routines may differ. For best results, see your doctor as scheduled and follow all recovery instructions carefully.

While MiToe™ was designed to eliminate many of the hassles and complications of traditional wires, there will be a recovery period after surgery that will allow your foot to heal. During this time, your activity and shoewear may be restricted, providing the best opportunity for the bone and tissue to rebuild your toe into a normal alignment. This rebuilding and healing may occur over the course of several weeks and months. However, the restrictions are often limited to the first few weeks after surgery, when the toe is most sensitive to disruptions.

Typical limitations with MiToe™ involve bandaging and surgical shoewear immediately after surgery, lasting only a few weeks:

  • Immediately after surgery, your foot will be bandaged until the incisions heal, typically one to two weeks.
  • If soft tissues were shifted during surgery, you may be given a splint to limit foot movement for a while. In such cases, the majority of healing should occur within a few weeks.
  • Depending on other procedures performed, your foot may be placed in a surgical shoe, boot or cast for several weeks.

Your doctor can also tell you of any pain medications, wound care, and rehabilitation routines to get you back on your feet and living your life faster.

What were some of the complications I might encounter, again?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with foot surgery that you should discuss with your surgeon. These potential risks and complications with products used to treat hammertoes include implant breakage, infection at the incision site, pain, inflammation and swelling at implant site, allergic reaction to implant material(s), loosening or dislocation of implant resulting in revision surgery, deterioration or loss of bone, over-production of bone, blood vessel blockage, and negative bodily response due to implant rejection and/or implant wear debris.

In addition, your weight, age, and medical history determine your specific risks and your results. All patients are different, and surgery may not be right for everyone. Ask your doctor if foot surgery is right for you and download our patient-doctor discussion guide for more help with speaking with your surgeon about MiToe™.

"My Patients' Experience With The MiToe™ Implant Versus K-Wires"
Christopher Hyer, DPM

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