In treating a flexible hammertoe, the tendons are repositioned to allow the toe to lie flat. Afterwards, you may wear a surgical shoe for several weeks.
For rigid hammertoe, several types of treatments are available:
Arthroplasty. A portion of the joint is removed and the toe is straightened.
Fusion. Cartilage between the two toe bones is removed and the bones fuse to form one longer bone.
Implant. In some situations, a portion of the bone is removed and replaced with an implant.