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Joint Replacement Myth #7: Hammer Toe Surgery and Balance

In this mini-article, Dr. Lee discusses how hammer toes, and hammer toe corrective surgery, can affect balance.  

Myth: Correcting hammer toes affects balance.

Response: Hammer toe correction generally has no negative effect on patient balance. In fact, an argument could be made that hammer toe deformities are more likely to cause balance issues than the correction of the deformities would. 

Hammer toes are caused by a muscle tendon imbalance and because of this deformity, the toes may not touch the ground properly. This can cause problems with shoe gear fitting properly, pain, and gait (the way you walk).

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Talk to your surgeon about the risks associated with your procedure. You can also find information by clicking one of the links below.

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