Hammertoe Surgery

Hammertoe Surgery Bunbury & Busselton

Southwest Foot & Ankle Centre provides hammertoe surgery to straighten contracture issues and deformed toes, performed by our skilled Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Mr Paul Armanasco.

Hammertoe is the contracture (bending) from the middle joint of the second, third, fourth or fifth toes (or all four). When living with hammertoe, everyday tasks such as wearing shoes and walking can be extremely painful due to applied pressure on the deformed or stacked toes. If you’re experiencing hammertoe or ongoing toe discomfort, you may require professional treatment.

With over 10 years of experience in foot surgery and over 20 years in foot and ankle care, Paul is a highly-trained specialist who values his clients and their well-being. Patients can trust Paul’s expertise to ensure the best possible outcome for their hammertoe surgery. Learn more about Paul and his services by visiting his dedicated website at www.paularmanasco.com.au.

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Hammertoe Causes

Hammertoe often begins as a mild deformity and gradually progresses into a condition that can cause discomfort and pain. Essentially, hammertoe occurs when there’s an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in the toes, causing them to become stuck in a bent position.

Common causes of hammertoe include:

● Toe trauma from a past injury, excessive walking, or sports

● Wearing shoes that fit incorrectly

● Bunions

Additionally, certain medical conditions like diabetes or arthritis can increase the risk of developing hammertoe. Whether from fashionable footwear or a pre-existing medical condition, hammertoe is an uncomfortable ailment that’s important to address early on. If you’re experiencing difficulties and pain when walking or putting on shoes – it may be time to explore hammertoe treatment options.

Hammertoe Treatments

At Southwest Foot & Ankle Care, we believe everyone deserves to start each day on the right foot. Our skilled Podiatric team are here to provide effective hammertoe treatment options where we’re with you every step of the way.

Depending on the severity of your situation, there are a number of hammertoe treatments available that don’t involve surgery. However, if you’re encountering toe discomfort daily, it’s best to book a consultation with our team to best assess your needs.

Non-surgical hammertoe treatment options can vary from changing shoes to performing daily toe exercises. However, these treatments do not fix hammertoe; they may only slow the toe’s natural progression.

Hammertoe correction surgery begins by removing some bone from the toe at the bent or raised joint to straighten it. Sometimes a keyhole technique is all that is required to correct the toe. A pin may be required to hold the toe straight while it heals in the correct position. If required, this pin will be removed quickly and easily in the rooms between 2 and 4 weeks after the surgery.

Hammertoe surgery aims to:

• Reduce pain and toe deformity

• Straighten toes

• Reduce callus/corn formation which is the hard skin that forms in the areas of irritation.

Hammertoe Surgery Recovery

Your hammertoe surgery recovery time will depend on the causes and severity of your feet.

If you’ve recently undergone any hammertoe surgery procedures, you’re probably eager to get back on your feet and resume your daily activities. However, it’s important to remember that proper recovery takes time and patience. You may experience discomfort and swelling in the days following your surgery, and we recommend that you keep your foot elevated and apply ice to reduce swelling. We recommend not walking more than 10 minutes per hour for the first 2 weeks after surgery.

Depending on your hammertoe surgery, you may need to wear a special shoe or splint for several weeks while your foot heals. While it may be tempting to rush the recovery process, it’s crucial to follow any instructions we may give you and take things slow to ensure a successful outcome. With help from the Southwest Foot & Ankle team, you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

If you’re concerned about discomfort or resuming daily activities post-hammertoe surgery, please reach out to chat with us. Our team is here to work with you to provide the best protection, comfort and fast recovery.

Hammertoe Surgery Cost

If you’re considering hammertoe surgery at Southwest Foot & Ankle Centre, the costs may be covered by your private health insurance; however, it will depend on your specific health fund coverage level. To determine whether your cover will provide hammertoe surgery, please get in touch with your private health insurance provider. Additionally, you can schedule a consultation with Mr Paul Armanasco by contacting (08) 9745 9100 to discuss options. A weightbearing x-ray of your foot may also be helpful before seeing Paul.

If you have any general questions, please call Southwest Foot & Ankle Centre at (08) 9791 1319 or book a consultation appointment online to see one of our friendly podiatrists. We’d love to hear from you!

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