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How Hammertoes Affect the Toes

Hammertoes when the second and third toes are bent at the middle joint. They are considered to be a deformity and can cause the toes to resemble hammers. Many patients have calluses that develop on top of the bent joints, which happen when the toes rub against your shoes while walking. Patients who have hammertoe may have weakened nerves or a muscle imbalance.  Buddy taping, which is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, may be effective in providing stability. Additionally, it is beneficial to perform specific stretches that can help to strengthen the toes and overall foot. It is recommended that you confer with a podiatrist if you notice the signs of a developing hammertoe.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Michael Metyk, DPM from Florida. 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.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

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

Treatment

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

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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