July 11, 2017
The Balancing Act – Lifetime TV
North Carolina
Danielle Knox

Cynthia Pittman-Osula has suffered from hammertoe since 1997. The pain was bearable until 2013, when she noticed the bottom of her toes were becoming callused. Cynthia decided to see her physician, Dr. Berkowitz, who suggested she get the MITOE™ procedure versus a K-wire procedure.

Dr. Hodges Davis, a leading expert in foot and ankle orthopedic surgery at OrthoCarolina’s Foot & Ankle Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, explained the MITOE procedure and its advantages. He pointed out that the surgery involves taking out one of the joints, straightening the toe, and inserting an implant inside the bone. The implant has a screw on one side and a spike on the other to hold the toe straight and is designed to stay in permanently.

An advantage of the MITOE implant for a hammertoe surgery is a quicker recovery time, allowing a faster return to work and open toe shoes. There have been over 10,000 MITOE procedures completed in the U.S. and complications are very rare. Cynthia, who received the MITOE implant, was able to travel on an airplane and wear open toe shoes in just five weeks after surgery.

The opinions of Cynthia Pittman-Osula and Dr. Hodges Davis are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.

These results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.

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