Hammer toe correction is surgery to straighten a toe that is always bent at the middle joint.
It will take 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Home care and medicine can help.
To ease swelling and pain:
To prevent infection:
Your doctor may have you wear a post-surgical shoe. This will help protect your foot.
Limit standing and walking until your doctor tells you it’s okay to go back to your normal activities. You may have some limits:
You may have been asked to stop taking medicine before surgery. You can start it again when the doctor says it is safe to do so.
Medicine may be given to ease pain.
If you are taking medicine:
Your doctor will need to check on your progress. Go to all appointments.
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardJames P. Cornell, MD Last Updated: 5/20/2019