Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Surgery
Hammertoe conditions can make it difficult to go about day-to-day activities, and need to be surgically repaired to get you back on your feet. This video visually guides you through a hammertoe surgery.
A small transverse incision is made at the site of the deformed joint. An instrument is then inserted and sweeps across the middle knuckle of the toe to prepare them to be fused together. The malformed connective tissue is cleared away and the distal and proximal phalanx are ready to be connected.
Next, a wire is inserted and drilled through the proximal phalanx. The same process occurs and a hole is drilled through the middle phalanx, leading out of the distal phalanx.
The toe is positioned into the corrective position, and the wire coming through the distal phalanx is then reverse screwed through the middle and proximal phalanx.
A compression screw is then inserted along the wire to cement the correction in place, fusing the proximal and middle phalanx together. The average screw used is 24-34mm.
Don’t let your hammertoe burden you anymore. To learn more, research podiatrists online, or get a referral from your primary care physician. A small surgical procedure will get you back to living your day-to-day life to the fullest.