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Have hammertoes? Hammertoes are toes that are bent because of weakened muscles. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can be managed with non-surgical treatments. If left untreated, a hammertoe can become rigid and will not respond to noninvasive treatments. The Foot and Ankle Group with offices in Mount Laurel, Philadelphia, Bordentown, and Columbus can help you if you are dealing with hammertoes.
A hammertoe is a foot condition that causes your toe to curl or bend downward instead of pointing forward. This condition can affect any toe on your foot. Because of the progressive nature of the deformity, it should receive early attention. Hammertoes will not get better without treatment.
Causes of Hammertoes
Hammertoes are often caused by wearing too-narrow, ill-fitting footwear with little to no arch support. In some people, hammertoes are inherited. Sometimes, hammertoe is the result of an earlier trauma to the toe. In addition, neuromuscular diseases can contribute to the development of hammertoes. Diabetics can be at increased risk for complications from a hammertoe.
Symptoms of Hammertoes
Hammertoes may cause pain or irritation of the toe when wearing shoes. The toe joint may swell and takes on a red color. The ball of the foot under the bent toe may be painful. It may be hard to move the toe joint -- and it may hurt when you try. Corns may form on the top of the toe joint.
Treatments for Hammertoes
Drugs that reduce inflammation can ease the swelling and pain. Sometimes, a podiatric doctor will use steroid shots to relieve pain. Padding the areas around the bony point of the toe may help to reduce pain. Splinting the toe may help in the early stages. Your podiatrist may also give you custom-made shoe inserts to treat your hammertoes. Your doctor may recommend surgery if you have severe hammertoes.
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Hammertoes are a common foot problem for people who spend a significant amount of time on their feet and who wear certain types of shoes for long periods. Some people think that hammertoes are untreatable and that they’ll have to live with them forever, but that’s not always the case. A podiatrist at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA and Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, NJ can help.
What Are Hammertoes?
Hammertoes happen when the toe bones begin to protrude unnaturally upward because of some kind of pressure or stress on the toes. The top of each toe may become swollen and red, making the problem even more pronounced. The tips of the toes point toward the floor and may sometimes hang over when you wear open-toed shoes. Normally, a patient can bend, lift and stretch the toes at will, but with hammertoes they may be stuck in the same position. It is an embarrassing foot problem that can also be painful.
Common Causes of Hammertoes
Hammertoes are most commonly caused by wearing shoes that put pressure on the toes. They may also be related to an arthritic condition. Some foot experts believe that hammertoes are hereditary—if your parents had problems with this foot condition you may be more prone to it yourself.
Treating Your Hammertoes
If your Philadelphia, PA or Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, NJ podiatrist diagnoses you with hammertoes, a number of treatment options will be explored. Here are some of the most common ways to deal with this troubling foot problem:
- Foot orthotic devices for support and to realign the toes.
- Toe exercises to strengthen toe muscles.
- Changes in shoes (orthopedic shoes may be recommended).
- NSAID medication to ease pain in the toe joints.
- Hammertoe surgery of the ligaments, tendons, and bones to straighten each toe.
Call for Treatment
If your feet are in distress due to hammertoes, help is available from a podiatrist at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA and Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, NJ. Call the office today to schedule time for a foot exam and consultation.