Why are hammertoes a “bad thing”?
What is the best form of treatment?
Millions of toes are operated on every year in an attempt to straighten the toe. Surgeons will cut tendons of the toe and remove a section of the joint. The surgeon will be very pleased because the toe will look straight. The only issue is that the underlying cause of the hammertoe is still present. The ankle bone is still partially dislocating on the heel bone. The joint instability within the foot is still present and the ligaments are still sending the signal to the spine to cause the flexor muscles to contact.
It is just a matter of time until the surgically realigned toe becomes a hammertoe again. That’s because the cut tendons will heal back together and the muscle will once again aggressively pull the toe out of alignment. Many surgeons will then insert a toe implant, wire or screw, in an attempt to fuse the joint to straighten the toe. The biggest problem is that there is still a pretty good chance that the toe will bend again.
The bottom line, it is important to fix the underlying cause, and the sooner the better. Imagine if the ankle bone was stabilized on the heel bone with HyProCure early in life. The tendons will be pulling on the toes in a balanced manner. The person would not have had all of the potential issues associated with those hammertoes. No published evidence proves HyProCure will straighten your toes, but this is a comment that has been told to us. It also makes perfect sense. If the ligaments don’t get strained, then the strain sensor is not activated and the flexor muscles are not having to contract excessively.