Toe surgery may be required to repair different types of toe deformities, such as hammertoe, mallet toe, or claw toe. Surgery for most toe deformities involves minor procedures. Arthroplasty is a procedure that involves making an incision along the toe to trim the bone and allow it to straighten. Another procedure is arthrodesis, which involves fusing two bones together. In this procedure, the cartilage is removed from the middle joint while the bones are fixed together with a removable pin which allows them to fuse together.
Patients recovering from surgery should avoid walking for long periods during the first month of recovery and follow any other instructions their podiatrist may give you. While instructions will vary between patients, generally patients should allow themselves plenty of rest before becoming active on the feet. Walking, driving, wearing regular shoes, returning to work and returning to sports and exercise should be done gradually.