It’s fair to say that most people, when given a choice between a non-surgical option or a surgical option, tend to prefer the former—as long as both can lead to a successful result.
We’re with you 100% on that. Although Dr. Bobrowski is a board-certified foot surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience, he still strongly supports the use of conservative treatments as the first choice whenever possible.
That includes cases of hammertoes, but with a very important caveat.
You see, the answer to the question asked by the title of this blog is, unfortunately, a very strong no. Hammertoes cannot be straightened without surgery. Once the toe has started to bend, conservative treatments alone will not reverse it, but can only slow its progression. We know that’s not the news you wanted to hear, but it’s the truth.
However, this does not mean surgery is necessarily your only effective treatment option.
Confused? It all comes down to the fact that treating a hammertoe doesn’t necessarily require “straightening” it in all cases.
The Sooner You See Us, the Better
While hammertoe surgery isn’t something you should be afraid of, we’d always prefer to help you non-surgically if we can. Although this means your toe will not be permanently straightened—only surgery can do that—it is the least invasive path toward a full return to activity.
The earlier you come to see us, when you first notice your toe starting to bend, the greater the probability that you will be able to manage your hammertoe conservatively without it affecting your day-to-day life.
To schedule an appointment, call our office in New Bern at (252) 638-4700. You can also request an appointment by completing the contact form on this page.