Hammertoe Repair

What is a hammertoe repair?

A hammertoe repair is a surgical procedure for a misshapen toe. When you have a hammertoe, the middle joint of the toe bends up in a way that makes the toe look like it is forming an upside-down V. The bent joint may rub the top of your shoe. Hammertoes can develop on any toe, but they usually happen in the second toe.

After the surgery:
The deformed toe will be in a better position.
You will have less pain in your toe.
It is easier to find shoes that fit.


Reasons for doing surgery
The shape and position of your toe causes pain and possible ulceration.
One or more of the bones in your toe have become deformed. This may make it hard or painful to walk. You may have trouble finding shoes that feel comfortable.


You may choose not to have surgical repair. Ask your Podiatric Surgeon about your choices for treatment and the risks.

What happens during the procedure?
You will be given local or regional anesthesia to keep you from feeling pain during the procedure. Local and regional anesthesia numbs part of your body while you stay awake.

The type of surgery you have depends on how misshapen and inflexible the toe is. 

Your Podiatric Surgeon may:

  • Cut a tendon away from the bone. (Tendons are strong bands of connective tissue that attach muscle to bone.)
  • Remove a small piece of bone from the toe.
  • Realign tendons to reposition your toe.
  • Fasten the bones with pins/screws.
  • Join (fuse) the bones in the toe. If the bones are fused together, you will no longer be able to bend the toe, but the toe will be flat.


Contact Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. Please call to schedule an appointment with : 
Dr. Eric S. Harmelin
Dr. John G. DeLeonibus
Annapolis 410-266-7666.
Washington 301-262-8558