Hammer Toe Correction


Aim Of This Article

To provide you with information to assist you in making an informed choice, whether or not to undergo foot surgery.

Aims Of This Procedure

  • To straighten a toe or multiple toes to reduce deformity.
  • Relief of pain under the foot or on the toes.
  • To shorten or realign the toe where necessary.

The Procedure

Small pieces of bone are removed from the toe. The joint is realigned back into the correct position. The joint maybe flexible or fixed dependant on the type of procedure

Approximate procedure time 15-30 minutes.

Approximate Recovery Times

Week 0-1 Flat foot walking only. Rest with your foot elevated.
Week 1-2 Flat foot walking. Elevate your foot when possible. Sutures are removed around this time. If a support wire is used, it is removed at week 4
Week 3-6

Swelling should start to subside. Gradual return tonon-sporting activities (work) as felt comfortable. Return to driving in normal shoes when it is safe to.

Week 6-8 Continued improvement. Swelling and stiffness should be subsiding. (except if a joint is fixed on purpose). Gentle return to sports if comfortable.
Month 6-12 For most people the full benefit of surgery is by now.

Specific Risks Of This Operation

  • Problems with soft tissue or bone healing.
  • Recurrence of deformity or deterioration.
  • Incorrect position of toe. Elevated or bent sideways.
  • Transfer of pressures and pains to other areas.
  • Joint stiffness or flail (floppy) toe. Abnormal joint function.
  • Damage to circulation of toe, and loss.
  • Shoe fitting problems

General Risks Of Surgery

  • Infection minor or major
  • Delayed healing of soft tissues or bone.
  • Swelling, short or long term.
  • Numbness, short or long term.
  • Scar problems, Pain Thickening Discolouration.
  • Chronic (long term) Pain Syndromes.
  • Anaesthetic and medication complications.
  • Damage to Circulation. Haematoma (Bleeding into the skin)
  • Blood clots, DVT and Thrombosis, Heart attack.
  • Failed procedure, Deterioration, Fatality from complications


We specialise in providing Regional Local Anaesthesia. We use injections to numb your foot, so you do not have to be put to sleep.

Going Home

You are able to go home the same day, but you must be driven home and have a responsible adult to stay with you.

Further Information

If you have any questions please ask the team Consultant or a member of the Podiatric Surgical Team during your consultation.

This leaflet should be read in conjunction with Patients Pre-Op Information Booklet available at the Practice