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Hammertoe Surgery: Can Emerging Advances In Fixation Have An Impact?

By Bob Baravarian, DPM | 12,344 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2008

The treatment of painful hammertoes has dramatically changed in the past several years. What used to be a troubling and often difficult problem to correct has improved to the point that correction is consistent and there is far less pain and difficulty with the return to full function. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at a treatment algorithm for the treatment of hammertoes and associated problems.

A New Approach For Correcting Hammertoe Deformities

By Gerald W. Paul, DPM | 18,711 reads | 0 comments | 01/03/2003

The advantages of lesser proximal interphalangeal joint arthrodesis in hammertoe surgery are numerous and well known. Arthrodesis is indicated in patients who have compromised intrinsic muscle function and are lacking both digital and metatarsophalangeal joint stability. Indeed, digital arthrodesis has always been an excellent procedure to consider if you fear reoccurrence of the hammertoe deformity due to biomechanical factors.

How To Handle Complications Of Hammertoe Surgery

By Lowell Weil Jr., DPM, MBA, and Richard A. Schilling, DPM | 156,228 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2005

           Offering insights and pearls from their experience, these authors discuss essential preoperative and intraoperative steps for reducing the risk of complications from hammertoe surgery. They also offer salient advice for rectifying complications when they occur.      There are several reasons why patients undergo hammertoe surgery. While pain is the most common indication for hammertoe surgery, one cannot separate pain and cosmesis in many of these cases.