Hammertoe and claw toe surgery to relieve pain caused by deformity

Shortening of the toes

Hammertoes and claw toes are often associated with pain. Shoes that are too tight can make this pain worse and make surgery unavoidable. Correcting hammertoes and claw toes will not only help to reduce pain and increase quality of life, but will also improve your feet aesthetically. After hammertoe or claw toe surgery, most patients are able to return to work after two to four weeks. The length of time off work generally depends on how physically demanding the patient’s job may be. All costs associated with this operation, and subsequent time off work, are usually covered by both private and public health insurance policies.


How it works?

Shortening of the toes generally occurs after the patient has been placed under a general anaesthetic. Only in rare cases is an epidural used as well as a “foot block” (foot nerve anaesthesia). The affected toes are shortened by the removal of the proximal phalanx condyle, so that the cause of the deformity – toes that are too long – is addressed. Claw toe operations only take about 10 to 15 minutes per toe.


After operation

For several weeks after the surgery, patients will need to wear special orthopaedic shoes that support the forefoot. Pain in the forefoot may appear in the first few weeks after surgery. Up until a patient is able to fully load their foot again, which is usually three weeks after surgery, pain medication and anti-clotting drugs are prescribed. After the wounds have healed (approx. 2 weeks after the operation), patients begin physiotherapy and will also need to undergo lymphatic drainage.


Would you like to receive detailed information regarding hammertoe and claw toe surgery? Schedule your appointment today and visit the specialist orthopaedic practice of Professor Lill in Munich for an in-depth examination.