Orthopädie im GesundheitsZentrum Kelkheim
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Foot Surgeries

Hammer and Claw Toes

Versteifung im ersten Zehengelenk

Versteifung im ersten Zehengelenk

Illustrations 1 & 2 • Stiffening of the first metatarsal joint

This common deformity of the small toes can easily be corrected, either in an isolated procedure or in combination with hallux valgus surgeries. A pin is used to stiffen the proximal interphalangeal joint of the toe. Severe deformities additionally require tendon stretching. The functional results of this procedure are very good; the claw function of the toe is not impaired. When healed up, full weight-bearing is possible and rolling off is free of pain.

This procedure is performed on an out-patient basis and lasts 15-30 minutes. With a special post-op shoe which offloads the forefoot, immediate weight-bearing is possible. The protruding pin is removed after four weeks.