Treatment for Toe Deformities

Your body has a remarkable ability to repair damaged tissues. As long as there aren’t medical issues at play (like hemophilia), you will heal from a cut. Given time, broken bones mend. When you sprain an ankle, following the appropriate treatment plan will usually allow the damaged ligaments to heal. There are times, though, when a problem doesn’t improve on its own, like with toe deformities.

In the case of toe deformities, we might be able to manage to relieve your pain and symptoms with nonsurgical care, but the condition can only be completely corrected with surgery. This applies to bunions, hammertoes, claw toes, and mallet toes. These conditions are all progressive and worsen when left untreated, so even conservative care makes a big difference.

We want you to be able to understand which toe deformity treatment options are available so you can make an informed decision when it comes to the direction of your healthcare. Let’s start by taking a look at conservative care options, including:

Our usual practice here at Anderson Foot and Ankle is to first use nonsurgical treatment options and determine if they are able to adequately address any symptoms. We do find they are able to accomplish this for many patients, but there are also instances when surgical procedures are the best choice for providing the optimal pain relief patients need.

If toe deformities like hammertoes become rigid, as they tend to do over time, surgery can become the only option that will work. Surgical procedures can be used to realign tendons, reposition the toe, and/or remove injured or deformed bone tissue. In most cases, this is done on an outpatient basis and you go home the same day with your post-operative instructions.

When you come see us here at Anderson Foot and Ankle, we assess your condition and then determine the appropriate course of treatment. It is always our hope that conservative care will be sufficient in resolving the issue, but we also perform effective foot surgery when necessary. In the case of hammertoes, the stage of the condition does make a difference.

For the best chance at nonsurgical treatment, be sure to come in as soon as you recognize the problem. Simply call us at (801) 269-9939 to request your appointment with our Salt Lake City office today.

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