You had surgery to repair your hammer toe.
Keep your leg propped up on 1 or 2 pillows for the first 2 - 3 days to decrease swelling. Get up only to use the bathroom.
If it does not cause pain, you will be allowed to put weight on your foot 2 or 3 days after surgery. You can use crutches until the pain lessens. Make sure you put weight on your heel but not on your toes.
Most patients wear a shoe with a wooden sole for about 4 weeks. After that, your doctor may advise you to wear a wide, deep, soft shoe for up to 4 - 6 weeks. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
You will have a bandage on your foot that will be changed about 2 weeks after surgery, when your stitches are removed.
If you have a wire (Kirschner or K-wire) or pin, it:
To care for the wire:
For pain, you can you can buy these pain medicines without a prescription:
If you use pain medicine:
Call your health care provider or surgeon if you:
Call 9-1-1 if you:
Osteotomy - hammer toe
Ishikawa SN, Murphy GA. Lesser toe abnormalities In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds.Campbell'sOperative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2007:chap 80.
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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