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5th Digit Hammertoe Surgery

Conveniently located to serve Portland, Lake Oswego, & West Linn

Boutique Podiatry Oregon Institute of Foot Care Lake Oswego
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What is a 5th Digit Hammertoe?

Fifth digit hammertoe surgery is a procedure Dr. Manson can perform in-office under local anesthesia.
Fifth digit hammertoes can be troublesome for a patient not only cosmetically, but also functionally. The 5th digit is the small or pinky toe, and a hammertoe is when it curls permanently. A 5th digit hammertoe can rub inside of shoes and cause a painful corn or even an open wound to form. The constant rubbing on the shoe can also cause the toe to dislocate over the metatarsal bone. This causes a painful callus on the ball of the foot.

What is the cost of 5th digit hammertoes surgery?

Fifth digit hammertoe surgery is usually fully or partially covered by insurance if it is painful for you. Coverage by insurance is always checked prior to performing the surgery so you are aware of any costs to you.

What Does 5th Digit Hammertoe Surgery Involve?

During our initial consultation, we determine which hammertoe surgery you need by where you are feeling pain, if you have a painful corn or not, and with X-rays of your feet.
Fifth digit hammertoe surgery is done with local anesthesia in the office or with procedural sedation at a surgery center. The incision is key to this procedure, as the orientation or angle of incision allows for the straightening of the toe. Dr. Manson then removes a small section of bone that allows him to straighten the toe. He then closes the incision, and allows you to recover.
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What Happens After 5th Digit Hammertoe Surgery?

Fifth digit hammertoe surgery has a similar recovery to bunion surgery where you are able to bear weight immediately, and you get back into a gym shoe in a short amount of time.

After 5th digit hammertoe surgery, patients usually experience mild pain for a few days. They are able to immediately bear weight and wear a surgical shoe. Patients wear the surgical shoe for 2-3 weeks, and also have to keep the foot clean and dry during that time. At 2-3 weeks, the sutures will be removed and patients will be allowed to wear a gym shoe. At about 4-8 weeks, the patients are allowed to return to exercise (e.g., running and jumping) and wear different shoes.

Fifth digits hammertoe surgery is very successful, although it will never be perfect or without risk. Healing is determined by the success of the surgery, genetics, and compliance with instructions, all combined. As with all surgeries, Dr. Manson tells his patients that their toes will take 4-6 months before swelling completely subsides and they can start to see their true result and final cosmetic appearance. Some more serious complications of toe surgery are, but are not limited to, floating toe, crooked healing, numbness, creases/scarring to the skin, or a swollen or painful toe.

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At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, we care about healthy, happy, beautiful feet. We strive to provide personalized foot care and achieve the outcomes, both functionally and cosmetically, that our patients desire. What sets OIFC apart is our dedication to providing the highest quality care available, utilizing the latest medical techniques and technologies, educating patients to make well-informed health care decisions, and restoring foot and ankle function as quickly and beautifully as possible. Our mission is to give you healthy, happy, beautiful feet.


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