How Can Hammertoes Be Treated?

Monday, 04 June 2018 00:00

A condition referred to as hammertoe is a deformity of the toes that is typically a result of wearing narrow shoes that have inadequate room for the toes to move about. The middle joint becomes bent, and the toe will bend downward to resemble a hammer. The toes become imbalanced, causing possible weakness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There may be additional causes of hammertoe, including medical conditions such as arthritis or diabetes and any injuries that the toes may have endured. Corns and calluses may accompany hammertoes as a result of the toe frequently rubbing against a portion of the shoe. Pain is often experienced with this condition in addition to swelling and feeling a burning sensation. It may be difficult to straighten the toe, and this may result in buying shoes that can accommodate the hammertoe. This is often an ailment that is permanent and may require surgery for removal. Please consult with a podiatrist to learn about hammertoes and to discuss proper treatment options.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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