Hammer Toe Correction



Hammer toe correction is surgery to straighten a hammer toe. This is when the middle joint of a toe is bent up and the outer joint is bent down.

Hammer toe
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Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Nerve or blood vessel injury to the toe
  • The hammer toe returns

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org 

Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org 


Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org 

Health Canada http://www.canada.ca 


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