What is a Long Toe?
What is the Cost of Toe Shortening surgery?
What Does Hammertoe Surgery Involve?
What is the Recovery Process?
After the toe shortening or straightening procedure, you usually experience soreness for a few days that is managed with appropriate medication. You are able to immediately weight bear and wear a surgical shoe.
Patients wear the surgical shoe for 2-3 weeks. During that time, the bandage must be kept clean and dry. After 2-3 weeks, the sutures will be removed and you are allowed to wear a gym shoe.
At 8-12 weeks, depending on how the bones are healing, Dr. Manson will numb the toes to remove the wire inside of the toe. This is done with local anesthesia in the office. Then, patients are allowed to return to exercise, like running and jumping, and typical shoes can be worn.
Toe shortening or straightening is a very successful procedure, although no surgery will ever be perfect or without risk. Healing is determined by the success of the surgery, genetics, and compliance with instructions, all combined. With all the surgeries, I tell my patients that it will take 4-6 months before they start to see their true result due to swelling. Dr. Manson utilizes plastic surgery techniques to ensure that your final result is the beautiful foot you want.
Some more serious complications of toe surgery include, but are not limited to, floating toe, crooked healing, creases/scarring to the skin, numbness, or a toe that is painful or swollen.