A member of the American College of Foot
and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Andrew Carver co-
invented the Weil-Carver Hammertoe Implant,
a surgical correction device that is medically
absorbed within 12 weeks of surgery.
Developed through the Biomet Corporation of
Warsaw, Indiana, Dr. Andrew Carver’s device
eliminates the discomfort and high risk of
infection associated with solutions involving
the use of external metal hardware.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that involves a
painful, abnormal bend in the middle joint of the
second toe. It can be the result of wearing high-
heeled shoes or other footwear that crowds toes
through the toe box, as well as from trauma or injury
to the toe. The condition is more common in women
and individuals with nerve damage resulting from
diabetes or stroke, as well as in individuals whose
second toe is longer than the big toe.
Depending on the severity of the deformity, doctors
may recommend a change in footwear or exercises to
strengthen and stretch the toe muscles. If
conservative treatments are ineffective, surgery can
help release the painful condition.