Ten to twenty percent of the general populations in developed countries suffer from hammertoes. In the US, this represents 30 to 60 million people with the median age being 52. Less than 5% of patients get diagnosed and most are not aware of their options..The common hammertoe deformity negatively affects patient quality of life because of pain, limited mobility, undesirable foot aesthetics and the inability to wear many types of footwear. In many ways the quality of life of a hammertoe sufferer is no different from someone suffering from hip or knee joint disease. Women represent about 75% of the hammertoe population because high heels and narrow shoes worsen the hammertoe deformity. In 2014, an estimated 600,000 Americans will undergo surgery to correct hammertoes.
Since 1910, Kirschner Wires have been used to surgically correct hammertoes. K-Wires are all-purpose stainless steel wires which are impaled through several joints of the toes in an attempt to correct a deformed joint. The tips of the K-Wires are left protruding from the tips of the toes while the toe heals. The patient can only put limited weight on the treated foot. Although complete bone healing does not occur for several months, the K-Wires are pulled out the end of the toes in a second procedure in 4-6 weeks because of the concern for infection and patient impatience with the inability to sleep, bathe, drive or walk normally.
While the wires are still implanted, the patient cannot wear shoes and must wear a large protective boot to accommodate the K-Wires. The ability to walk, bathe, sleep, go back to work or resume full activity is made difficult by the K-Wires. The situation is made worse by the poor success rates of K-Wires. Hammertoe recurrence, non-fusion and infection is common after K-Wire surgery.
The Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System addresses the deficiencies found in K-Wires and other hammertoe implants. There are no protruding wires with the Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System thus relieving the risk of pin-track infection as well as the many other shortcomings of K-Wires. The RevLock™ Adjustable Locking System allows the surgeon greater control in precisely adjusting the implant specifically to a patient’s anatomy, thus optimizing implant positioning so that bone fusion can correct the hammertoe deformity. Most importantly, Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System provides the following important post-operative benefits to patients:
- No wires sticking out of the toes for 4-6 weeks
- Normal bathing, hygiene and comfort during sleep
- Ability to return to work and normal activities
Patients can now have the opportunity for a safe, quick and effective procedure to address painful hammertoes through the Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System implant. Ask your foot and ankle surgeon about the Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System from Nextremity Solutions®.
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