A new procedure for hammertoe may allow patients to get back on their feet much faster than before. Traditionally, hammertoe repair involved inserting pins to hold the offending joint in place; this practice, however, left patients at high risk for swelling and infection. The new device, called the HammerLock2, is inserted into the bone before it is clipped back to realign the toe. The device, made of nitinol, would then expand to fix the toe in position, allowing the patient to move the toes quicker.
To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the pain and inflammation associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with podiatrist one of our podiatrists from Northeast Wisconsin Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.
Hammertoe is a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.
It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Appleton, WI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.