Posts for category: Hammertoes
While hammertoes are aesthetically unpleasing, they are also painful and if left untreated can lead to bigger issues. Hammer toes result from an imbalance in the ligaments and tendons in the toe. This imbalance causes the toe to curl. Hammertoes are usually caused by poor fitting footwear, arthritis and sometimes genetics. Hammertoes can be flexible or rigid. Flexible hammertoes can typically be corrected without surgery while rigid hammertoes often need surgery in order to correct them.
People with diabetes or poor circulation in their feet who also suffer from hammertoes should have them looked at immediately. The drawn-in nature of the toes can lead to complications that could results in toe amputation. Hammertoes also tend to rub against the inside of the shoes, causing blisters that can lead to an open sore. If you suffer from hammertoes, with or without other complications, and are ready for relief, give our office a call and schedule an appointment today. Our doctors can evaluate and give you a plan of care that will help ease your pain.
What is it?
A “Hammertoe” is an abnormal bending down of a toe so as to resemble a hammer or a claw. It is similar to other deformities such as “claw toe” and “mallet toe,” with the only difference being where on the toe the bending occurs.
What causes it?
Hammertoes can arise from a variety of causes. Genetics are thought to play a role. They can occur due to other deformities, such as from bunions. They can also occur from poor shoe choices, such as high heels and flip flops: the constant clenching of your toes to keep flip flops on your feet can accelerate hammertoe formation, and the extra pressure and that is put on your toes while wearing high heels can also cause your toes to retract.
What are the symptoms?
What treatments are available?
For some patients, conservative treatments such as specialized orthotics may relieve some of the pain associated with hammertoes. Shoe modification is important, so pick shoes that offer wider toe boxes and avoid high heels and flip flops.
For select patients, surgery may be necessary if the deformity is advanced. In this case, our doctors here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care would be happy to discuss all your options with you and make sure that all other reasonable options have been exhausted.