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The surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy in Baltimore specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of big toe deformities, such as hallux varus. Dr. Mark Myerson pioneer the surgical procedure now commonly used to correct hallux varus.
Hallux varus is a condition in which the big toe begins to deviate away from the midline of the foot. Hallux varus most commonly develops after the failure of a previous bunion surgery. There are other conditions that may lead to hallux varus including trauma, removal of a sesamoid bone from the big toe joint and some forms of arthritis.
Hallux varus symptoms include the deviation of the big toe and pain. An orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot deformities can diagnose hallux varus by taking a medical history and conducting a physical exam of the foot.
The treatment of hallux varus depends on the severity of the condition. If the deformity is mild and the toe remains flexible, no treatment is required. If the toe begins to deviate considerably and is becoming stiff, then surgery usually is required. Correction depends on the flexibility of both joints of the big toe and whether or not arthritis is present.
Often, a tendon transfer is performed. Tendons are shifted around the big toe to straighten it and maintain flexibility. One of the more popular operations, the extensor hallucis brevis transfer procedure, used by surgeons today is a specially designed transfer of a tendon of the big toe designed by Dr. Mark Myerson.
The top rated team of doctors and surgeons at The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is recognized as one of the region’s best programs for foot and ankle reconstruction and injury. Our surgeons offer pioneering surgical care and innovative, one-of-a-kind treatment for foot and ankle conditions, including osteoarthritis, sprained ankle, ankle arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, flat feet, heel pain, foot and ankle trauma, nerve problems and problems of the big toe. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named a Best Regional Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. John Campbell treats routine and complex foot and ankle disorders, including osteoarthritis, sprained ankle and Achilles tendinitis, as well as total ankle replacement.
Nurses tend to know doctors and this nurse knew just the right doctor to call when she ran into serious trouble with her foot.