Implant may improve hammer toe correction

A Duke Medicine surgeon developed a pin-free solution to hammer toe. 

Implant may improve hammer toe correction Individuals who are beginning to develop a hammer toe may want to consider using a splint or orthotic to prevent the deformity from advancing. However, for people with severe hammer toe, an operation may be the only option. 

Traditional hammer toe surgery involves implanting a pin through the bones of the toe to straighten out the deformity, leaving patients with a piece of metal sticking out of the tip of their toe.

Duke Medicine orthopaedic surgeon Selene Parekh developed a device called SmartToe, which is implanted completely inside the bone. The technique is similar to traditional methods, but does not leave the patient to deal a pin poking out of the tip of their toe.

Parekh said that while surgery is no picnic, neither is a progressive foot condition.

“After taking care of so many patients, one thing I can say is if your foot and ankle hurt, you will feel miserable,” said Parekh. “It really is worth taking care of your feet to prevent any long-term problems.”

The Splayfoot Insole by Alpha Orthotics can be customized by the user to suit unique needs. The orthotics include a pad that can be moved, and is meant to redistribute pressure on the foot.

Such devices may be useful for those with forming hammer toes, and may also help individuals heal properly following surgery. 


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