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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoe   corns   calluses   orthotic devices  

At The Foot and Ankle Center, PC we find that patients know how to identify a hammertoe by its telltale appearance but they don’t know much about what causes this deformity or how it can be treated. Below are some questions and answers about this common foot condition:

What causes hammertoe? Most of the time hammertoe (which can affect the second, third or fourth toe) is the result of a muscle/tendon imbalance that can occur in the toe due to a structural problem or a neurological change in the foot. If one toe is longer than the others and is constantly cramped in the shoes a patient wears that can also cause a hammertoe to form. Sometimes a hammertoe can be traced to an earlier trauma to the toe. The tendency for hammertoes can be genetic.

Are hammertoes painful? Yes, on a couple of levels. First the cramping of the toe causes pain in the toe itself but there are also secondary wounds that occur such as corns and calluses due to the friction from rubbing against footwear and the pressure put on the ball of the foot from the unnatural position of the toe. Balance can be affected as well.

Will hammertoes go away if left untreated? No. Hammertoe is a progressive condition. Although it may progress at different rates in different patients it will not disappear without treatment. As it progresses, the toe will become more rigid and difficult to straighten.

What treatment options are available for hammertoe? Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will do a complete examination of your foot and toe and may order an x-ray to see the full extent of the deformity and to use as a gauge for tracking progression of the hammertoe. Once the foot doctor has determined the severity of your hammertoe he can prescribe treatment which may involve any or all of the following: medication, orthotic devices, shoe modifications and exercises. If you have corns or calluses padding may also be recommended to protect these areas.

Hammertoe is best treated in its early stages. If you notice this tendency with one of your toes, make an appointment at our Pooler office and let us help you get relief and prevent a more crippling condition from developing.

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