More than likely the answer is “No”, you will not need to have pins to fix your hammer toes.

Many of my patients fear having their hammer toes fixed surgically because they are worried about having pins sticking out of their toe following surgery. This is an outdated way of fixing hammer toes as we now have many new options available for fixating the deformity.  

Below are several of the options I currently use to fixate hammer toe deformities which do not require the use of external pins.


There are select cases where it is still required to used a K-wire or “pin” to correct the deformity but this is much less common with the advent of new fixation techniques that we use in our practice.  X-rays and a clinical examination would be required to make the final determination of what will be needed to fix your hammer toe.

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