About Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute is proud to offer hammer toe surgery. Our experienced surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgeries and specialize exclusively in caring for lower extremity conditions.

What is hammer toe surgery?

Hammer toe is a common foot deformity that causes the three middle toes of the foot to appear bent and misshapen. People suffering from the condition may experience discomfort and even severe pain when wearing shoes. When the condition is caught early it is known as flexible hammer toe, and can often be treated using conservative options. However, when the condition is more severe, a procedure called hammer toe surgery is used to correct the deformity and relieve toe and foot pain.

What does surgery involve?

It is a simple, outpatient procedure that involves making a small incision in the top part of the toe, through which the ligaments and tendons of the toe can be reached. Some of the bone is removed to help fully extend the toes, and then small pins or rods may be used to help straighten the toe during healing. In some cases, tendons or ligaments in the toe joint must also be cut in order to straighten the toe fully and allow for proper healing.

What does hammer toe surgery recovery involve?

Most patients are able to leave immediately after surgery unless otherwise noted by your surgeon. In some cases, a secondary visit is needed about a month after surgery to remove any pins or other hardware used to help your toe stay aligned during the healing process. Our specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will work with you to develop your personalized recovery plan for the weeks following your procedure, which may involve:

  • Rest
  • Keeping weight off the affected toe
  • Special shoes or a cast
  • Crutches
  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy

What are the benefits?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after surgery:

  • Foot and toe pain relief
  • Permanent correction of the deformity
  • Ability to wear normal footwear

Why is surgery performed?

When hammer toe does not improve with conservative options and is causing significant pain, your physician may recommend the surgical procedure. Most commonly, hammer toe is caused by:

  • Wearing excessively tight shoes
  • Genetic structure abnormalities
  • Foot arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Poor circulation
  • Toe injuries

 

If you believe you may need surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of foot and ankle conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Our Specialists

Foot & Ankle

Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Francis X. McGuigan, MD
Francis X. McGuigan, MD
Foot & Ankle Surgery

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682