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A Brief Overview of Hammertoe

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A Brief Overview of Hammertoe

  1. 1. By Dr. Andrew Carver
  2. 2.  A member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Andrew Carver co- invented the Weil-Carver Hammertoe Implant, a surgical correction device that is medically absorbed within 12 weeks of surgery. Developed through the Biomet Corporation of Warsaw, Indiana, Dr. Andrew Carver’s device eliminates the discomfort and high risk of infection associated with solutions involving the use of external metal hardware.
  3. 3.  Hammertoe is a foot deformity that involves a painful, abnormal bend in the middle joint of the second toe. It can be the result of wearing high- heeled shoes or other footwear that crowds toes through the toe box, as well as from trauma or injury to the toe. The condition is more common in women and individuals with nerve damage resulting from diabetes or stroke, as well as in individuals whose second toe is longer than the big toe. Depending on the severity of the deformity, doctors may recommend a change in footwear or exercises to strengthen and stretch the toe muscles. If conservative treatments are ineffective, surgery can help release the painful condition.