This is what Dr Jim in Lakeland, Fl wants to do to fix my hammertoes.

From his website:

(Fortunately you don’t have to live with the pain. With Dr. Pruchniewski’s (his patients call him Dr. Jim) help, hammertoes can be corrected. Severe, rigid hammertoes can only be completely corrected with bone surgery, but if you are looking mostly for relief from discomfort and to be able to wear those stylish shoes you like, you might take advantage of a simple office technique that you can have done during your lunch hour.

Through two tiny pokes in the skin, leaving an opening no longer than the one left to draw blood from your arm, Dr. Jim inserts a small surgical device, and using his sense of touch, identifies and releases the contracted soft tissue structure. After a few comfortable minutes, most patients are able to put their socks and shoes back on and return to work or school. Dr. Jim says the best thing about this procedure is that it stops this progressive deformity from worsening to the severe rigid type the requires bone surgery.)

I don’t know if this will work or make things worse. Should I see another foot DR. first?

Thank You, ray

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question Ray.

    What is being described by this Doctor is a tendon release. Depending on the type of hammertoe(s) you have, this may or may not be effective.

    Typically done for the most minor hammertoe cases – or in conjunction with other hammertoe procedures. I would not rush into this type of procedure thinking that it will permanently correct your hammertoe(s). Both flexible and rigid hammertoes need to be addressed by cutting the bone. It is still a quick procedure with minimal limitations in activity after the procedure.

    So yes I would recommend getting another opinion before deciding on surgery.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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