Living with foot pain can feel like an uphill battle. People who have struggled with a condition like hammertoe can certainly attest to that fact. Hammertoes occur when the muscles and/or tendons in the “little toes” place enough pressure on the joints to force the toes to curl downward. While there are some non-surgical treatments for hammertoes available, many individuals find that surgery is the best option to alleviate their foot pain. With that in mind, today we’ll take a closer look at this procedure and explain, is hammertoe surgery worth it?
What Causes Hammertoes?
Technically speaking, anyone can develop hammertoes at any point in their life. Since some people are genetically predisposed to hammertoes, it’s possible to get them quite young. Additionally, hammertoes may also be caused by external factors such as:
- Tight-fitting shoes.
- Shoes with pointed toes.
- High heels.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Prior foot injuries.
Hammertoes develop over time because of pressure placed on the tendons and muscles in the foot. After years of stress, this can cause tendons to stiffen. When this happens, toes are unable to “relax” and they become curled.
In general, women tend to experience hammertoes more often than men.
Hammertoes often get worse with the passage of time. Individuals with “flexible” hammer toes –– i.e. toes that can still move –– may find some success using non-surgical treatments like specialized footwear, foot pads, physical therapy, or corrective devices. Unfortunately, many of these treatments only address the symptoms and pain associated with hammertoe –– rather than correcting the misalignment in the foot that is the root of the problem.
People with “rigid” hammertoes –– that can’t be moved –– probably won’t benefit much from non-surgical hammertoe treatments. In some extreme cases, untreated hammertoes may eventually have to be amputated to quell the pain.
Is Hammertoe Surgery Worth it?
Now, to address our titular topic: is hammertoe surgery with it? For many, the answer is a resounding, “yes.” That’s because hammertoe surgery includes all of the following benefits:
- It’s effective. Our minimally invasive hammertoe surgery corrects the alignment of the foot and allows for pain-free movement. It relieves pain and fixes the problem.
- It’s fast. The surgery itself will only last around 90 minutes to two hours, and the recovery time is basically null. Most people are able to walk out of the operating room on their own. Some will have to wear a small medical shoe for a short period of time (four weeks or less).
- It’s discreet. Modern hammertoe surgery leaves only minimal scarring and soft-tissue damage that heals quickly. Plus, almost all patients are able to return to work the day following surgery. You won’t be immobilized or have to plan for an extensive recovery period because of hammertoe surgery.
Living with hammertoes can be frustrating, painful, and potentially even debilitating. If you’re tired of dealing with foot pain –– or you want to correct an issue before it becomes painful –– then contact the professionals at Northwest Surgery Center today. Our team are experts in minimally invasive foot surgeries, and we can help you find a solution to your foot issues.