Hammertoes

A Hammertoe deformity is a contracture of the toes frequently caused by an imbalance in the tendon or joints in the toes. Hammer toes cause a “buckling” effect and can become painful due to footwear irritation and pressure. Corn and callus formation may occur as a hammertoe becomes more rigid over time, making it difficult to wear shoes. The proper correction for a hammertoe is through a surgical procedure to realign the toe(s).

A hammer toe can hurt a lot, especially if it rubs against your shoe when you walk. Shoes that are too tight can force the toe to stay bent for a long time, thus causing the muscles in your toe to get tight and the tendons that connect the muscles to the bone get shorter. After a period of time this could allow the muscles to be unable to straighten. Other diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis can also contribute to having hammer toes.

Early treatment is the best way to straighten the toe before it gets bent severely. If your toe is badly bent or is rubbing against your shoes the best option is surgical correction before it leads to more dangerous conditions

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Wear shoes that have lots of room in the toes. Do not wear narrow, high-heeled shoes.
  • Follow your doctor’s directions for wearing a splint on your toe, if you are given one.
  • Use toe pads or corn cushions to keep the toe from rubbing against your shoes. This may keep a corn from forming on the top of the toe.
  • Wear a shoe insert, or orthotic, to cushion the bottom of the bent toe.

If you are having pain and think it could be a hammertoe or would like more information contact our office today!

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