A hammertoe is a contracture (bending)
deformity of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth (little)
toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes,
causing problems to develop. Commonly experienced by
women who wear high heels and/or footwear that is narrow in the toe area. Not
only that, but a hammertoe leads to a series of other foot problems, including
soft corns, calluses, blisters, as well as crooked, contracted and rigid/stiff
Depending on your specific condition, your ProHealth
Foot & Ankle Surgeon may recommend Lync implants for several reasons that
will benefit you.
Hammertoes can recur, especially if the bones
in the toe were not able to fully heal. As an alternative to traditional
treatments, the Lync implants are completely embedded in the toes. There is no
need for a revision or removal surgery after implantation. Following surgery
patients can continue to maintain a pain free, active lifestyle with great
The internal designs of the Lync implants
eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience of exposed and protruding wires
commonly associated with traditional hammertoe treatments.
Ordinary hammertoe procedures often use
exposed wires which extend outside the end of toes for 4-6 weeks. Common
problems associated with wires include infection where the wires come out of
the toe, breakage, pain from hitting the wire, and lack of rotational stability
causing the toe to look crooked. In addition, wires require a second in-office
procedure to remove them, which can cause a lot of anxiety for many patients.
Once inserted, Lync implants remain within the
bone, correcting the pain and deformity of hammertoes while eliminating many of
the complications specific traditional treatments.
Lync implants provide the
following important post-operative benefits:
- No wires sticking out of the
- Normal bathing, hygiene and
comfort during sleep
- Ability to return to work and
Any surgery requires a period of healing and
rehabilitation. However, by eliminating many of the complications and hassles
associated with wires, the Lync implants are designed to simplify your recovery
to get you back on your feet quickly.