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Considering Minimally Invasive/Keyhole Surgery for Hammer Toe Correction?

If you are unhappy having ongoing podiatry treatment for corns caused by hammer toes or you find you are getting minimal relief from treatment and if you want a permanent correction,
then MIS hammer toe surgery is a serious option to consider.

Traditional open surgery means big incisions, creating trauma requiring long healing periods, pins to position the toe and then an additional procedure for the removal of the pins. In some cases, the traditional procedure is required, but most patients can now benefit from Minimally Invasive/Keyhole Surgery (MIA) making surgery for the correction of painful toes an option for many people. MIS for hammer toes is usually performed in an outpatient surgical setting under local anaesthesia or if preferred sedation can be used as well.

Surgical Procedure 

The surgery consists of a small incision made in the skin through which small instruments can be inserted to perform a series of selected tendon releases and bone cuts to correct the position of the toe. A mini c-arm, which is a portable, low powered x-ray unit can be used to guide the surgeon. Generally, the joints in the toes are left intact so there is less stiffness afterward. Small incisions usually mean no sutures, less pain and swelling and lower chance of complications.

Recovery Time

Compression dressings are applied afterward and you can walk straight away but you will need to take it easy and keep your foot dry for 3-4 days until the first dressing change. The dressings are removed and the toes will be splinted into position with low allergy tape. Soon after this, you will be able to get back into your own roomy comfortable shoes. The toes are splinted for about 6 weeks to maintain correction and reduce swelling.  During this period you can start to resume normal activity. Everybody heals at different rates so recovery times will vary. Recent research and audit data show consistent results with low complication rates.


Currently, there are only a few surgeons with training and experience in MIS. There is a steep learning curve for surgeons to switch to MIS from traditional techniques.  Having invested a lot of time with training overseas in the USA and a large number of procedures in Australia, we are now able to offer “Keyhole” techniques at Prospect Podiatry.

Like all surgery, MIS is not a miracle procedure, but it is a significant evolution in surgical technique for correcting painful hammer, mallet and claw toe deformities.

To book your initial consultation call Prospect Podiatry on 8344 5690