hammer toe surgery

After reading the previous posts on hammer toe surgery, I am worried about the results. My second toe on right foot is not painful, but limits my choice of closed toed shoes. My podiatrist talks about out-patient surgery, using a pin, shaving the bone and 6 week recovery. I have also read on other sites of an in office surgery w/o use of pin, need only 2 stitches to close and patients walk out of the office and back to work. Sounds too good to be true. Are there other options than surgery to get a 'flatter' toe? Also, what are the statistics of successful hammer toe sugeries. I know there will be pain, but what are the other possible 'side affects' (numbness, etc)and how long does it generally last?

Posted By Carolyn N on April 02, 2006 at 17:03:55:

The Active Ankle offers flexibility and security. It will feel different from anything you have ever worn for ankle protection. The hinge allows freedom of motion that you may not be accustomed to. Do not mistake this freedom of movement for lack of support. A leading university said, the Active Ankle provides more support (inversion) than the leading air-stirrup brace, the leading lace-up brace, or a tape job.

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