Device in Question: Wires put through toes
Answer: This is a treatment which has been used for a long time as temporary splintage after toe surgery. These wires are made of surgical grade metal and are typically removed 4-6 weeks after surgery. They serve to hold toes in the corrected position, encouraging tendons and joints to adapt to the new position and prevent recurrence. While this may still seem barbaric, the newer options to serve a similar purpose are still relatively unpredictable and do not demonstrate any reduced risks at this point.