Depending on your specific condition, your surgeon may recommend MiToe™ 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 MiToe™ implants are implanted within the bone and remain there, within the toe to help maintain the correction.
The internal designs of the MiToe™ 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, MiToe™ implants remain within the bone, correcting the pain and deformity of hammertoes while eliminating many of the complications specific traditional treatments.
Any surgery requires a period of healing and rehabilitation. However, by eliminating many of the complications and hassles associated with wires,the MiToe™ implants are designed to simplify your recovery to get you back on your feet quickly.
* Coughlin M. Lesser toe deformities. In: Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, ed 9, pp. 363-464, edited by M Coughlin, R Mann, C Saltzman, Mosby, Philadelphia, 2007.