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Surgery for the Smaller Toes

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Small toe problems can be more than just an inconvenience, they can impact your daily life, cause discomfort, and hinder your ability to move freely. When non-surgical solutions fall short of providing relief, surgery emerges as a viable option to address these issues effectively. Deformities like claw toe and hammer toe are common causes of small toe discomfort. Small toe surgery focuses on correcting these deformities and alleviating associated pain. The procedures can involve releasing or lengthening tendons, repositioning joints, removing excess bone, stiffening joints, or realigning bones. Preparing for surgery is essential to ensure a smooth and successful outcome. Quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and engaging in regular exercise can also contribute to a smoother recovery. Potential risks involved in small toe surgery include infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel damage, bone healing issues, and loss of toe movement. Full recovery, including reduced swelling and optimal functionality, may take up to six months. If you're considering toe surgery, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to discuss your options. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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