Local doctors attend forefoot seminar
Drs. Gretchen A. Lawrence and Robert T. DelBene, of Waynesville, attended a forefoot mastery course in Memphis, Tennessee, April 25.
Through this course, they were able to get hands-on exposure to the newest and most innovative products that Wright Medical has on the market to assist in the correction of forefoot pathology. Some of the newest technologies include allograft hammertoe implants and the Phalanx technologies that allow for correction of hammertoe deformity utilizing minimally invasive surgical techniques and permanent internal fixation that gives more options to the surgical candidate than the once used fixation technique of an external pin or k-wire.
The hammertoe deformity comes in many varieties and its surgical correction has been performed for many years. The deformity can be located at the joints in the toes called the proximal interphalangeal joint, the distal interphalangeal joint, and/or the metatarsal phalangeal joint where the toe is contracted with the possibility of painful calluses and rigid deformity that can make shoe gear uncomfortable. The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle/tendon imbalance that can lead to a bending of the toe over time.
Anyone who suffers from hammertoe pathology or forefoot pain of any kind is welcome to contact the doctors of Smoky Mountain Foot Clinic for the newest and most innovative technologies available to correct hammertoes and other various forefoot pathology. Smoky Mountain Foot Clinic is accepting new patients. Call 452-4343 for information.