Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, fourth or fifth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, causing it to resemble a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and painful, sometimes requiring surgery.
Hammertoe corrective surgery can be done in very little time in the doctor's office or a surgery center using a local anesthetic. The surgery typically involves making up to four small incisions and the tendons are rebalanced around the toe so that it no longer curls.
Patients usually can walk immediately after the surgery wearing a special surgical shoe. Minimal or no pain medication is needed following the surgery.