Hammertoe Repair: Getting Your Feet Straightened Out
Even if you don’t know what hammertoe is, you would guess by the name that it is bad. Toes can be tough, and they take a lot of abuse, but you never want your feet to be associated with our bluntest instruments. You’d be right, too- hammertoe is a pervasive, long-term condition that can greatly deform your toes and lead to a lifetime of painful, difficult walking.
Hammertoe is the result of an imbalance in the muscle or tendon, causing the toes (all but the big toe, potentially) to start to curl up. This can be made worse by tight, uncomfortable shows where the toes aren’t given the space they need. Some of the symptoms include: pain and irritation especially when wearing shoes; friction leading to corns or calluses; toe contracture; sometimes even open sores.
Hammertoes at first seem like a mild inconvenience, a manageable pain, but they are a progressive problem that will keep getting worse the longer they are around, and continue to get more difficult to fix. That’s why it is important to take care of them right away. There are options for you at any stage of your hammertoe.
Options for treating hammertoe
At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we offer a wide range of options for hammertoe repair, reflecting your individual needs, lifestyle, and condition. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach.
- ● Changes in shoe wear
- ● Orthotics, custom-designed and fit for your specific foot
- ● Medications/injections (non-steroidal)
- ● Application of splints
- ● Surgery
Surgery is the last option. but it is also sometimes the only one, depending on how the hammertoe has developed. In the surgery, part of the toe bone will be removed, allowing it to straighten. You surgeon can also cut or transplant the tendons, or fuse the joint together to disallow the toes to curl. We specialize in finding the right procedure for you, and always attempt to make the result as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
Here at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we believe that any issues with your feet are important. You can’t ignore even little things, because they can keep getting worse. Hammertoe seems like something minor, until suddenly it isn’t. Find out your options for treating it.
If you are suffering from hammertoe and looking at options for hammertoe repair, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!