Dr. Vladimir Zeetser, DPM, FACFAS
America's Premier Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Aesthetic Hammertoe Correction
Hammertoes and their related deformities are unsightly contractures of the joints of the lesser toes, and occasionally the great toe as well. They typically occur from muscle and ligament imbalance and typically worsen from neglect. Besides being unpleasant to look at and causing difficulty with fitting into stylish shoes, these deformities tend to be progressive with time and lead to further disfigurement of the foot and suffering. Often times, they result in dislocation of the metatarsophalangeal joint (where the ball of foot meets the base of the toe) with crossover toe deformity. Furthermore, excessive hammertoe contractures cause excessive pressure on the plantar aspect of the ball of the foot, causing additional complications and pain. Besides the structural problems and inflammation that they can cause, hammertoes typically produce painful and unsightly bursal sacs, corns and calluses at the affected joints. Conservative treatment is an option, but usually minimally successful. Early correction can be as simple a soft tissue release, however more advanced deformities typically require more advanced procedures which will be discussed in detail during the surgical consultation. The key is to create a pain-free, functional and aesthetic result rather than a floppy, fat and stubby toe as is commonly the case. Dr. Zeetser has been one successfully correcting these unsightly deformities with implants that are hidden within the toe and do not require later removal, unlike the case with percutaenous wires or pins protruding from the tip of the toe. Infection risk is reduced and the result is instant stability of the toe. Incision scars can be minimal to none.
Don't continue to live with hammertoes. Comfortably fitting into your favorite shoes doesn't have to be a memory. Reclaim your life and have beautiful, functional toes again!
Because no two feet are alike, each patient deserves individualized attention and a procedure geared towards their specific situation and goals may be proposed.