Phalangeal Head Resection (Arthroplasty) for Toe Joint Deformities
Today’s diagnosis is Phalangeal Head Resection, better known as, Arthroplasty for the Toe Joint Deformities. Surgeons often use phalangeal head resection to correct hammer, claw and mallet toes. In this procedure, the surgeon actually removes part of the toe bone, the phalangeal head, so the toe can lie flat again. The tendons are cut and then reattached to conform to the new, correct flat toe position. A wire or tape then holds the straightened toe into place until it has healed.
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Post surgery, the wire or tape used to hold the toe in the correct position usually remains in place for 3-6 weeks. Your toes may be taped together for 4 more weeks while they adjust to their new positions. You may be able to walk on the affected foot right after surgery, possibly with a special shoe. To get your toes moving in their full range of motion, you may need a Toe Dynasplint System. Dynasplint offers an array of Systems to aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of toe surgeries. Adding a toe splint to your therapy regime has many features and benefits. Learn how the splint can help you and what you can expect when using one of the Dynasplint Toe Systems.
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