Intramedullary hammertoe implants: Can they have an impact?

Deformities of the lesser digits are a frequently encountered pathology in foot and ankle clinics. The etiology is highly variable but ultimately disruption of the intrinsic and extrinsic muscle balance is responsible for the majority of deformity. Hammertoe, a specific digital deformity, is classically defined as flexion of the proximal interphalangeal joints and extension of the distal interphalangeal joints with either a neutral or extended metatarsophalangeal joint.

Deformities of the lesser digits are a frequently encountered pathology in foot and ankle clinics. The etiology is highly variable but ultimately disruption of the intrinsic and extrinsic muscle balance is responsible for the majority of deformity. Hammertoe, a specific digital deformity, is classically defined as flexion of the proximal interphalangeal joints and extension of the distal interphalangeal joints with either a neutral or extended metatarsophalangeal joint.

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Intramedullary hammertoe implants: Can they have an impact?