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    Hammer/Claw toe deformity surgery

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    I may need surgery for my claw toe deformity, what is involved?
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  • Mr Wei-Han Tay is an Australian-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions, and trauma. Wei-Han obtained his undergraduate medical … View Profile

    Surgical correction of a symptomatic hammer or claw toe may be necessary once the deformity is not corrigible. This usually involves a combination of soft tissue and bony procedures, and may include a tendon release (tenotomy) or lengthening, cutting or performing an osteotomy of the proximal phalanx or metatarsus, and or fusing an interphalangeal joint in the toe. After your lesser toe correction, you can full weight-bear straight away on your operated foot, but will need to wear a flat Darco shoe for 6 weeks, after which you can then transition into normal supportive footwear with a wide toe box. Once your surgical dressings have been removed after 2 weeks, you will be encouraged to desensitise your surgical scars by massaging your wounds with a moisturising cream/oil.

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