The old techniques of hammer toe correction do not always work as expected and the most frequent complication is excessive toe shortening.
Also an excessive flexed position of one or more toes can become a disabling to young patients or to patients wearing open or fashionable shoes.
The treatment consists of stretching the toe through the bone graft that can be taken from the patient, or if necessary, from a bone bank.
The bone graft is prepared in the desired shape and size, and then grafted to restore the toe to the correct shape and length. The use of bone grafts is excellent for patients who do not want to go through a second incision to obtain the graft.
The bone is prepared in specialised laboratories where it is then immunised and demineralised in order to remove it of all cells. The bone graft is safe from the immunological point of view (there are no risks of rejection) but on a biological level it will be less active than the patient\\'s own bone, which is mineralized, has colonies of active cells and an already formed vascular bed that allows a rapid healing and integration of the graft.
The reconstruction of the toes is an operation aimed at lengthening the toes and restoring the foot\\'s shape and function, in addition to giving it a more harmonious appearance.
In a first assessment visit and after a careful compilation of clinical data, a thorough examination of the foot and diagnostic tests, we can make a definitive diagnosis to be able to approach each case with the best guarantees.
After toe reconstruction surgery, the patient will be able to walk without crutches, with an orthopaedic shoe or sandals with a rigid sole.
You should wear this type of shoes for about 4-6 weeks, then move on to normal shoes.
After a few days of rest, the patient can resume normal life, being able to drive again in 2 or 3 weeks. After 6 weeks, the patient can go back to work, as long as they are sedentary, lengthening the recovery time by 4 weeks to resume the rest of work activities.
An autologous graft consists of a small bone graft from the patient, which is extracted and grafted in the area of the toe to be lengthened.
A bone that comes from a bone bank, is previously treated to be compatible with the patient, and therefore will not have cells or vessels, so the recovery in this type of grafts is slower.
No. There is a risk that the bone is not revitalised and does not finish consolidating. This risk can be avoided by using the patient\'s bone.
The limit for this type of treatment is based on the reason why the toes have been shortened. After a specialist’s evaluation, the treatment\'s feasibility for each patient will be determined.