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.