If one or more of your toes stay bent in a curved position, a hammertoe may be to blame. Without proper treatment, hammertoe can cause your toes to become permanently locked, negatively affecting your range of motion and mobility. The skilled podiatry providers at Caring Podiatry in Neptune and Monroe Township, New Jersey, regularly diagnose and treat hammertoe using safe, effective means. To request your hammertoe consultation today, call the office nearest you or click the online scheduling tool.
Hammertoe is a common foot deformity that causes one or more of your middle toes to stay bent in a hammerhead like shape. Usually, it’s caused by an imbalance in the ligaments, muscles, or tendons responsible for holding your toe straight.
Several factors increase your risk of developing a hammertoe, including the type of shoes you wear, your unique foot structure, and chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. If you suspect you have hammertoe, make an appointment with the providers at Caring Podiatry today.
The most obvious symptom of hammertoe is a toe that is bent or curled. You might also find that moving the affected toe is difficult or painful. Over time, it’s also common to develop corns or calluses. This is because the skin rubs against your socks and shoes.
Hammertoes affect all types of people, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop a hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe.
There’s no way to prevent hammertoe entirely, but you can take steps to significantly lower your risk. The team at Caring Podiatry recommends:
The team also recommends buying shoes that fit comfortably. Certain styles might be popular, but they can also cause pain and general discomfort.
To diagnose hammertoe, your Caring Podiatry provider examines your feet and toes, asks you questions about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. Your podiatrist also takes a series of X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet and toes.
At Caring Podiatry, the team usually recommends conservative treatments to ease pain caused by hammertoe. For example, if you have mild or moderate symptoms, they might recommend changing into roomier, more comfortable shoes or performing at-home exercises to strengthen your toe muscles.
If these treatments don’t make a significant difference, surgical intervention may be necessary. During hammertoe surgery, your podiatrist releases the tendon that prevents your toe from lying flat. Your podiatrist might also remove a section of bone to help straighten your toe.
To learn more about the benefits of hammertoe treatment, make an appointment at Caring Podiatry today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the scheduling tool.