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MMC podiatrist first in U.S. to implant plastic toe grip

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Dr. Anthony Wright is the first podiatrist in the United States to use a new plastic toe grip implant procedure that corrects hammertoe.

Tennessee resident Kathy Youse received the implant to relieve the painful condition.

Hammertoe is a frequent condition in women who have a long history of wearing high heels, shoes with a box toe or shoes that are too small. The shoe forces the toes to the front, causing unnatural bending at the middle joint of the toe.

In some cases, the pain and pressure caused by the bending is relieved by changing footwear and wearing shoe inserts.

In more severe cases, such as with Youse, surgery is required.

“I did everything I could to find relief, but nothing seemed to help. And since we’re talking about your feet, that means it effects everything you do,” said Youse regarding living with the pain for several years. “I feel like this surgery has given me my life back. Recovery was a breeze and now I’m back up and running the way I used without the constant distraction of pain. I would recommend this procedure to anyone needing relief from this problem.”

A group of foot surgeons designed the plastic toe grip implant (Toegrip) to improve patient comfort. In the past, patients may have experienced relief from hammertoe pain after a surgical procedure, but some still had discomfort. Toegrip provides stability by ensuring that bony parts are kept together in close contact while preventing them from rotating. The implant can be adapted to any patient since it comes in different sizes and angles. Additionally, the unique material of the implant does not obstruct X-rays.

“For many patients, hammertoe discomfort and pain can be relieved through physical therapy techniques, even some that can be done at home which are used to stretch and strengthen the toe muscles,” said Dr. Wright. “However, for patients like Kathy who are suffering from severe pain, it becomes necessary to resort to surgery after we’ve exhausted all other options.”

Dr. Wright continued, “In the past we’ve had to use surgery to release the tendon in the toe and sometimes actually remove pieces of bone. The Toegrip implant is a much more conservative way to relieve the pain, which also means a faster recovery.”

When asked if she had any regrets about the procedure, Youse stated, “My only regret is that this wasn’t available years ago! I’m so relieved I had this done and I cannot thank Dr. Wright enough.”

In addition to hammertoe pain, Dr. Wright works with a wide variety of podiatric issues, such as sports injuries, arthritic conditions, plantar fasciitis, tendon injuries, and surgical reconstruction.

To learn more about hammertoe, the Toegrip implant, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, visit mmclinic.com or call (615) 867-8170.

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