Part II: British Hammertoes are “Wonky Toes”! Before and After Pictures of Hammertoe Surgery

British Patient with “Wonky Toes”

About 11 months ago I posted a blog post about my British Patient with “Wonky Toes”. I’ve had numerous requests to post the after surgery pictures of her hammertoe surgery and I finally have some time to do it.

Below is the original article in Blue. Scroll down to the new black text to see the additional information including after pictures.

ORIGINAL TEXT BELOW IN BLUE: Link: British Hammertoes are Wonky Toes.

A few weeks ago a lovely young woman came in to my office. She sat down with me in my exam room and proceeded to tell me in a wonderful British accent that her complaint was “Wonky toes”.

I guessed that she meant hammertoes but I wanted to clarify this before proceeding. I had never heard the term Wonky with or without toes after it.  I asked her to clarify what she meant by wonky toes and she said, “you know like wonky teeth, crooked toes, crooked teeth.”

We had a good laugh and I had learned a new term. I asked her if I could blog about her and she agreed (obviously, as you *are* reading this).

My guess is that this post will be at the top of the search engines for wonky toes as I bet no one else is writing about wonky toes (at least in the US).

Fixing “Wonky Toes” – Wonky-Hammertoe Surgery.

My lovely patient had surgery yesterday for the diagnosis of hammertoe syndrome to correct two hammertoes. British translation: (read aloud in your best British accent) “This patient had surgery yesterday to correct two wonky toes in order to resolve her wonky toe syndrome.”

Pictures of her wonky toes are below. I’ll get the before and after hammertoe surgery pictures posted in a few months.

This picture (click to enlarge) shows the hammertoes of the fourth and fifth toes. The fourth toe is contracted down and under the third toe. The fifth toe is also contracted and rotated.





This is a picture of the same foot (click to enlarge) taken from another angle. You can see the third toe is elevated off the ground from the fourth toe residing underneath it. You can also see the fifth toenail is rotated forty five degrees relative to the ground.



I will be posting postoperative hammertoe surgery pictures soon…

I love when people post comments so please do not be shy. I will also personally answer all questions presented.

Thanks for reading, Lawrence.

Part II British Hammertoes are Wonky Toes 08/02/2012

This patient was very happy and satisfied with her hammertoe surgery. She said that the recovery was amazingly pain free. I’ve been treating her postoperatively for almost a year now. Her most recent photographs are from March 7th, 2012. This is 6 months postoperatively.

The recovery time for hammertoe surgery in order for the toes to be completely healed and the scar tissue to go down completely is usually around 9-12 months.

Before and after pictures of hammertoe surgery:

Below are pictures: 1) Before surgery. 2) Three days after surgery. 3) Two months after surgery. 4) Six months after surgery. (click any picture to enlarge)

Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 01
Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 02
Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 03
Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 04
Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 05
Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 06
Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 07
Hammertoe Surgery Before and After Pictures 08  SIX MONTHS AFTER SURGERY

This patient is scheduled to come back in September. I will post those pictures after her next visit.

Thanks for reading. Dr. Sergi.


  1. Susan on December 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Firstly, I need to join the many people who have thanked you for your comprehensive and informative website.

    A couple of questions: Does this client have a mild bunion or is the slight lump normal? My left foot looks quite similar and I haven’t been sure whether it qualifies as a bunion or not. I note that you are very negative about toe spreaders, however, my experience has been more positive – in combination with going barefoot whenever I can (now including running) I have completely resolved the relatively minor wonkiness of the toes on my left foot and made significant progress on my right foot. This makes sense as I’m sure my toes became deformed from the shoes I’ve worn and reversing those pressures would be expected to go some way to also reversing the deformity. But it seems to me that I will never be able to get rid of the bunion on my right foot even if the toes were to return fully to their correct position since part of the protuberance is actually an increase in bone – is that right? Having said that, it seems from your site that there is an option of just shaving away the excess bone. Does this procedure have reduced risks relative to more invasive surgery and is the recovery time reduced. I should admit that I have no pain and any surgery it would be for cosmetic reasons – it is frustrating having come so far in improving my foot health not to be able get rid of the remnants.

    Thank you for your help.

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