New York State Medical Treatment Guidelines
for Hammer Toe in workers compensation patients
The New York State workers compensation board has developed these guidelines to help physicians, podiatrists, and other healthcare professionals provide appropriate treatment for Hammer Toe.
These Workers Compensation Board guidelines are intended to assist healthcare professionals in making decisions regarding the appropriate level of care for their patients with ankle and foot disorders.
The guidelines are not a substitute for clinical judgement or professional experience. The ultimate decision regarding care must be made by the patient in consultation with his or her healthcare provider.
Hammer toe syndromes normally occur in the sagittal plane. The metatarsophalangeal joint is dorsiflexed, while the proximal interphalangeal joint is plantarflexed. Hammer toe mostly affects the second toe.
Treatment for Hammer Toe
- Non-Operative Treatments Include Footwear Modifications to Improve Toe Box/Room, Padding, Corticosteroid Injections, and Orthoses
Non-Operative Treatments Include Footwear Modifications to Improve Toe Box/Room, Padding, Corticosteroid Injections, and Orthoses are recommended for treatment of hammer toe.
- Operative Treatment (Arthroplasty, Flexor Tendon Transfer, Flexor Tenotomy, Extensor Tendon Lengthening and Metatarsophalangeal Joint Capsulotomy, Fusion, and Diaphysectomy)
Operative Treatment (Arthroplasty, Flexor Tendon Transfer, Flexor Tenotomy, Extensor Tendon Lengthening and Metatarsophalangeal Joint Capsulotomy, Fusion, and Diaphysectomy) are recommended for hammer toes with insufficient results from nonoperative procedures.
What our office can do if you have Hammer Toe due to a workers compensation injury
We have the experience to help you with their workers compensation injuries. We understand what you are going through and will meet your medical needs and follow the guidelines set by the New York State Workers Compensation Board.
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