Hammertoes are deformities of the toes that are bent downwards. This abnormal bending can lead to added pressure on the toe when wearing shoes. It can also cause pain or discomfort when walking or running. Because hammertoes typically worsen overtime and become increasingly more rigid, it’s recommended that you call our office for treatment options if you believe you’re experiencing the symptoms of this deformity. X-rays are needed in the weight-bearing position to evaluate the extent of the deformity and determine if conservative care is enough for treatment or if surgery is needed.
Those experiencing hammertoes may also find other foot related issues that come with this condition, such as corns or calluses. Some factors that may influence your likelihood of getting hammertoes include old age, toe length, improper footwear, and genetics. Those who have diabetes or arthritis are also more likely to have foot related complications, including hammertoes.
To help better prevent yourself from getting hammertoes, it’s recommended that you wear shoes with adequate room for the toes. Footwear with low heels, as well as adjustable straps or laces, can be useful when it comes to providing your feet with ample room to move. Buying shoes that fit are also important, which is why we recommend shopping at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest. This helps you avoid choosing a shoe too small for your feet.
Orthotics, as well as padding for corns and calluses that may develop due to your hammertoe, are recommended to help relieve discomfort and prevent hammertoes from worsening. Do not use medicated corn pads for your corns and callouses, they consist of acid that burns through the skin, and do not treat the problem. Light toe exercises may also be helpful for strengthening the muscles and mobility of your toes.
For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, call our office for professional help and care.