Hammertoe is a foot deformity in which the toes are curved downward at the joint rather than remaining straight. Symptoms of this condition include corns and calluses on the affected toes, an inability to straighten the affected toes, inflammation and redness, and pain that worsens with movement and when wearing shoes. There are various treatments for hammertoes, including taking anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling, wearing more comfortable shoes or orthotics, wearing special pads to protect the toes, and wearing splints to realign or immobilize the affected toes. In more severe cases, surgery may be warranted. To find out which treatments are right for you, consult with a podiatrist today.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
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.
- Painful and/or difficult toe movement
- Joint stiffness
- Physical deformity
- 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
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.
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