Hammertoe Surgery

A hammertoe is a bending of the toe at the middle joint with the toe pulling inward and upward and resting at a sharp angle instead of straight and flat. This condition is more common in women than men and most commonly affects the second through fifth toes. The fellowship-trained surgeons at Surgical Solutions Network offer private hammertoe surgery, including the advanced Nextradesis® procedure, to help patients in Canada relieve foot pain and restore movement.

Get Hammertoe Surgery With Surgical Solutions Network

Patients from across Canada and around the world choose Surgical Solutions Network’s private medical clinics for hammertoe surgery. Our experienced surgeons are known for their expertise in this and other foot, ankle, and toe procedures. Our patient-centred philosophy means we strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care and a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience. Discover options for private healthcare in Canada to receive timely access to private hammertoe surgery. Surgical Solutions is a network of accredited private medical clinics across Canada, with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

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What Is the Main Cause of Hammertoes?

A hammertoe develops because of an imbalance in toe muscles that increases pressure on the tendons and joints in the toe causing it to bend. Arthritis, trauma, heredity, and simply wearing shoes that are too tight and narrow can cause hammertoes in both women and men.

What Are the Different Types of Hammertoes?

Hammertoes are grouped into the following two types:

  • Flexible: The toe is still moveable at the joint. This type is less serious because it can be diagnosed and treated while it’s still in the developmental stage.
  • Rigid: The tendons in the toe have become tight, and the joint is misaligned and immobile. This type of hammertoe can be seen in people with severe arthritis or patients who wait too long for professional treatment. Surgery is the most effective treatment for a rigid hammertoe.

What Happens During Hammertoe Surgery?

A very common surgical option is to remove part or all of the bone and cartilage in the joint and insert a sterilized stainless steel pin called a K-wire (for Kirchner wire) that allows the two sections of the toe to fuse together. The K-wire protrudes from the toe for 4 to 6 weeks to allow for proper healing. Problems with this method include:

  • The protruding wire commonly causes difficulty for the patient to perform normal daily activities such as working, driving, bathing, and sleeping.
  • K-wires can be painful, uncomfortable, and prone to infection.
  • The wound in the toe is open with a K-wire and can lead to a pin-tract infection, which can complicate recovery.
  • The instability of the wire often results in hammertoe reoccurrence.

What Is Nextradesis® Hammertoe Correction Surgery?

Nextradesis is an advanced implant technology procedure designed to fuse the joint surfaces in the toe to treat hammertoes. This procedure is an alternative to hammertoe correction surgery’s K-wire method.

Nextradesis utilizes the Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System to allow fusion of the joint surfaces and to eliminate the need for any wire insertion into the toe. Nextradesis is a significant advance in hammertoe correction surgery because it provides a secure, stable implant interface. This system works with the natural healing process and includes an adjustable locking feature so the surgeon has total control in case the implant needs to be readjusted.

After Nextradesis hammertoe correction surgery, patients can return to work and normal activities, bathe more regularly, and sleep more peacefully.

Benefits of Nextradesis Hammertoe Correction Surgery:

The Nextra system offers significant benefits for both patients and doctors. This option offers more successful outcomes than the K-wire method by improving:

  • Stability
  • Compression
  • Adjustability
  • Precision

Next Steps: Book Your Hammertoe Surgery Consultation

If you are ready to discuss your hammertoe surgery needs with our surgeons, contact us using our online form to learn more and request a consultation today. Learn more about private healthcare in Canada and how Surgical Solutions can expedite your hammertoe surgery. To discover your healthcare options, your patient advisor will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications
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