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Treating Hammertoes

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A hammertoe is a condition that usually affects the second, third, fourth, and/or fifth toes. Hammertoes looks like an upside-down V because they are bent at the first joint of the digit, and are more common in females than males.

More About Hammertoes

The symptoms suffered vary. You may suffer from:

  • Formation of corns on the joint
  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Pain due to pressure from footwear on hammertoe
  • Redness and swelling of hammertoe
  • Restricted motion of the toe joint

Types of Hammertoes

Like many things, hammertoes come in different types:

  • Flexible hammertoes: They are moveable at the joint
  • Rigid hammertoes: This is when tendons tighten

There are several causes of this abnormal foot growth:

  • Wearing tight shoes
  • Pressures on tendons and joints
  • Heredity, trauma, and arthritis
  • Improper balance of the muscles in toes develops

Advice from your Fairfax Podiatrist

Foot issues can have simple solutions, while others if left too long, may cause severe problems. Here are some tips from your podiatrist

  • Wear padded shoes
  • Apply ice packs several times a day to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Wear loose-fitted shoes
  • Place a non-medicated pad around the hammertoe to decrease pressure on the area
  • Use medication prescribed by your doctor
  • Ask your doctor about orthotic devices
  • Consider your surgical options if your foot issue deteriorates too much

Hammertoe Prevention

You need to actively work on eliminating pain. Here are few tips:

  • Wear supportive shoes to help prevent deformities if hammertoes may be related to a hereditary problem in your foot mechanics
  • Orthotics are a great preventative method to stop the progression or formation of hammertoes

Hammertoe Treatment

There are many non-surgical hammertoe treatments that can be done depending on the severity of your hammertoe.

  • Padding corns and calluses- There are pads designed to shield corns from irritation that your podiatrist may recommend.
  • Changes in footwear- Avoid high heels and make sure to get properly fitting shoes that feel comfortable and have a low heel.
  • Splinting/Strapping- A splint or small strap may be applied to realign the toe.

If you have any questions or concerns, call your Fairfax, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Steven Vetter, today! Don't let pain persist, see your doctor as soon as possible. Allowing an untreated hammertoe to persist may lead to surgical treatment options, so make an appointment to talk about hammertoe treatments today!