8582725910


San Diego Office
Pacific Beach Podiatry
1778 Grand Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
858-272-5910

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Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, causing it to resemble a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and painful, requiring surgery.

Hammertoe surgery can be done on an outpatient basis in the doctor's office or a surgery center using a local anesthetic, sometimes combined with sedation. The surgery takes about 15 minutes to perform. Up to four small incisions are made and the tendons are rebalanced around the toe so that it no longer curls. Patients usually can walk immediately after the surgery wearing a special surgical shoe. Minimal or no pain medication is needed following the surgery.

Icing and elevation of the foot is recommended during the first week following the procedure to prevent excessive swelling and promote healing. It is also important that the dressing be kept clean and dry to prevent infection. Two weeks after the surgery, the sutures are removed and a wide athletic shoe can replace the post-operative surgical shoe. Patients can then gradually increase their walking and other physical activities.


San Diego Office
858-272-5910

Podiatrist - San Diego, Pacific Beach Foot Clinic, 1778 Grand Ave, San Diego CA, 92109 (858)272-5910
Dr. Ciccone is a podiatrist focusing on podiatric procedures such as nail fungus, bone spurs, and heel pain. Dr. John A. Ciccone is a licensed podiatrist in the state of California.