FRCSEd FRCS Trauma & Orth
Consultant Foot, Ankle & Knee Surgeon
Fairfield Independent Hospital, St Helens
Merseyside WA11 7RS
Spire Cheshire Hospital
Fir Tree Close
Warrington WA4 4LU
As well as bunions, hallux valgus can also cause your other toes to become clawed or permanently bent. This condition is known as hammer toes. Damages caused by hammer toes can be eased by :
Arthroplasty – removing the deformed joint between your toe bones (phalanges), which leaves the joint flexible
Arthrodesis – fusing your phalanges together, which leaves your toe more stable but means you’ll only be able to wear flat shoes after the operation.
Both procedures are performed as day cases and last around an hour. Your stitches will be removed about two to three weeks following surgery and you’ll need another dressing for two to six weeks after that.
You should limit how much you walk for the first three days.