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Hammertoe Correction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Hammertoe correction is surgery to straighten your toe. A hammertoe is abnormal bending of your toe. The part of your toe attached to your foot bends up, and the tip bends down.



Call your doctor or surgeon if:


You may need any of the following:

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. Check the wound for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.


Follow up with your surgeon within 1 week or as directed:

You will need to return to have your stitches removed or to have x-rays. If you had a wire put into your toe, your surgeon will remove it in 4 to 8 weeks. He or she will tell you when to come in to have this done. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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