Our doctors on occasion will use surgical pins/wires in a toe that is visible at the end of the toe after surgery. These are placed to help with the recovery process. Often a toe may have been curled in a "hammer toe" position for years prior to surgery and that means that the tissues in the toe are used to that position and have a tendancy to curl under again after surgery. When pins are used in the toes, they are used to temporarily hold the position of the toe to help the tissues accommodate the new alignment and reduce recurrence. Pins loosen as you heal and typically do not cause any pain when removed.
-Brittney C., Medical Assistant at PPFAC