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Old 05-27-2009, 04:51 AM   #1
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debating hammertoe surgery

hi all. i have knee surgery in two weeks, but the doc (orthopoedic surgeon)also has scheduled to fix my second toe hammertoe at same time. he DID say there would be a pin in it for a time, but i am worried as some of you have had trouble after.
will the floppy toe make getting into shoes any more difficult? has anyone had this surgery and been happy with the result?
any info appreciated / your experience. thanks. Dee

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Old 05-27-2009, 08:45 PM   #2
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Re: debating hammertoe surgery

Hi Dee,

I had hammertoe surgery when I had bunion surgery. At first I was really freaked out because my toe was floppy and would not lay flat on the ground when I was standing or walking. It took a lot of physical therapy to improve it and now it's pretty much back to normal. One thing I would ask your Dr about is whether or not he plans to fuse the bones or joints together. I am pretty sure my doc did this because even after a lot of physical therapy my toe doesn't bend, but it looks normal so I don't really care. If the toe really bothers you and looks bad I would go for it, just keep in mind that it may take a while for it to get back to normal, and do a LOT of physical therapy and massaging of the scar tissue.


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Re: debating hammertoe surgery

thanks amy.
i seem to remember it being last fall wasn't it when you were not healing right from a surgery?
my 'hammertoe' isnt very bad, just enough that it 'looks' kinda dislocated. it just sort of reaches up towards top of my big toe. doc didnt mention any fusing, just a pin in there for about 6 weeks. it could be less, but thats what i thought i heard. i did ask him about physio, and i think (im a bad listener) he said same as my podiatrist, that it was no point and wouldnt help?
doc says that it inevitably will get worse if i dont get it done now.
, so i should do it. it does seem to be slowly getting back to where it was last year when i had to keep removing my shoe to uncross my toes.
so is everything good now with your toe? if you for example walk barefoot in house, does the toe drop and get in your way?
i hope yours is okay now. Dee

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