Hammertoes

Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can often be managed with noninvasive measures. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid and will not respond to non-surgical treatment. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should receive early attention. Hammertoes will never get better without some kind of intervention. The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle/tendon imbalance. This imbalance, which leads to a bending of the toe, results from mechanical (structural) changes in the foot that occur over time in some people.

Hammertoe Treatment & Cure:

There is a variety of treatment options for hammertoe. The treatment your podiatrist selects will depend upon the severity of your hammertoe and other factors. The easiest way to treat and cure and to avoid these painful toe problems is to make sure you wear shoes with a wide toe box to avoid crowding of the toes. Shoe inserts, orthotics, and products to keep toes separated, such as gel or foam toe separators and toe caps are also effective in providing relief from pain and discomfort. In some cases, usually when the hammertoe has become more rigid and painful, or when an open sore has developed, surgery is needed.

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