The Walking Clinic, PC  
Contracted digits are one of the most common forefoot deformities treated at The Walking Clinic. They come in many varieties but all contracted digits can be divided into two types: flexible or rigid. If you can pull the toe straight it is a flexible contracture. If you cannot straighten the toe it is a rigid contracture.

Flexible contractures can be corrected by Percutaneus Tenotomy. This office-based procedure is performed under local anesthesia and usually requires 5-10 minutes. There are no stitches because of the very small incision. You can expect to wear a surgical dressing around the digit for 12-24 hours after which you'll be back in normal shoe gear. A quick follow-up is usually scheduled at 3 days after the tenotomy.


When the contracture has been present for some time, the bone adapts and the contracture becomes rigid. There are two routine procedures for correction: IP fusion and Arthroplasty. Both procedures are usually well tolerated and are usually performed on an out-patient basis (no overnight stay required). You can expect to wear a surgical walking boot for approximately 4 weeks after the surgery.

Dr. Sol is Board Certified in Foot & Ankle Surgeon
The American Board of Podiatric Surgery.

Call us at (719)635-7700 with your questions about
Percutaneus Tenotomy, IP Fusion or Arthroplasty