The uncomfortable foot condition that is known as a hammertoeis considered to be a foot deformity. It can occur from genetic factors, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. The joints in the middle toes are typically affected, and can bend downward, which may resemble a hammer. Some patients have calluses that develop on top of the toes, and this may be a result of the toes rubbing against the top of the shoe. It may be beneficial to cease wearing pointed shoes such as high heels. Additionally, mild relief may be found when a protective pad is worn on the impacted toe. Severe hammertoes may cause pain and discomfort, and surgery may be a viable option to permanently straighten the toes. If you are afflicted with a hammertoe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can guide you toward the treatment that is best for you.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Donovan from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.
Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible
Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur
Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe
Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe
Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it
Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used
Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option
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