Hammertoe Surgery

Hammertoe surgery treats the condition first joint of the toe bends in an unnatural angle.

A hammertoe is a bending of the toe at the first joint of the toe. This bending causes the toe to look like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. The second through fifth toes are most commonly affected, with hammertoes being more common in women than men.

There are two types of hammertoes; Flexible and Rigid. The flexible hammertoe is still moveable at the joint. It is less serious because it can be diagnosed and treated while it’s still in the developmental stage.

In the case of a rigid hammertoe the tendons have become tight, the joint misaligned and immobile. This type of hammertoe can be seen in people with severe arthritis or in patients who wait too long for professional treatment. Surgery is the most effective treatment for a rigid hammertoe.

Get hammertoe surgery with Clearpoint Health

Patients from across Canada and around the world choose Clearpoint Health’s private medical clinics for hammertoe surgery. Our surgeons have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care. Combined with our patient centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience. Discover options for private healthcare in Canada to receive rapid access to private hammertoe surgery. Clearpoint Health is a network of accredited private medical clinics across Canada, with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

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Hammertoe causes

A hammertoe develops because of an imbalance in toe muscles, which causes increased pressure on the tendons and joints in the toe. This causes the bend in the toe. Arthritis, trauma, heredity and simply wearing shoes that are too tight and narrow can cause hammertoes. Both women and men can suffer from hammertoes.

What to Expect with Hammertoe Surgery

A very common surgical option is to remove part or all of the bone and cartilage in the joint and insert a pin or a Kirchner Wire (A K-Wire is a sterilized stainless steel pin), which allows the two sections of your toe to fuse together. The K-Wire protrudes from the toe for 4-6 weeks to allow for proper healing. The protruding wire commonly causes difficulty for the patient to perform normal daily activities such as working, driving, bathing, and sleeping. K-Wires can be painful, uncomfortable, and prone to infection. The wound in the toe is open with a K-Wire and can lead to a pin-tract infection, which can complicate recovery. The instability of the wire often results in hammertoe reoccurrence.

Nextradesis® – Hammertoe correction surgery

Nextradesis® is an advanced implant technology procedure that is designed to fuse the joint surfaces in the toe in order to treat hammertoes. This procedure serves as an alternative to the K-Wire method of hammertoe correction surgery.

Nextradesis® utilizes the Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System to allow fusion of the joint surfaces and to eliminate the need for any wire insertion into the toe. Nextradesis® has made significant advances in hammertoe correction surgery by designing a secure, stable implant interface. This system works with the natural healing process and includes an adjustable locking feature so the surgeon has total control in case the implant needs to be readjusted.

After Nextradesis® hammertoe correction surgery, patients can return to work and normal activities, bathe more regularly, and sleep more peacefully.

There are many benefits for a patient considering hammertoe correction surgery using the Nextra® system, and there are significant benefits for doctors as well. The Nextradesis® procedure allows for more stability, compression, adjustability, and precision, which means successful hammertoe correction for you.

Next steps: Book your hammertoe surgery consultation

If you are ready to discuss your hammertoe surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. Learn more about private healthcare in Canada and how Clearpoint Health’s private medical clinics can expedite your hammertoe surgery. To discover your healthcare options, your patient care coordinator will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications