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By Premier Podiatry
June 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Treating Your Hammertoes

Hammertoes are a common deformation in which the middle toe joint buckles permanently. Hammertoes can be rigid or flexible and are often painful. If you have a habit of wearing high heeled, pointy toed, or too small shoes, you may be at risk for hammertoes. If you suffer from arthritis, diabetes, or have flat feet or elongated toes you also have an increased chance at developing hammertoes. Your podiatrist can help you figure out the best treatment for your hammertoes, which is why it is important to visit your podiatrist in Marietta, GA, as soon Hammertoeas possible!

What are the signs of hammertoe?

  • You develop corns on the top of the toe joint or calluses
  • Your toe joint is inflamed and red
  • It is painful to move your toe joint, or to put on shoes
  • You develop sores on your toe

How do I treat my hammertoe?

You may be able to treat your hammertoe with basic care and exercises. In some cases, surgery may be needed to treat your hammertoe.

In-home treatment:

  • Wear comfortable, roomy shoes with low heels and rounded or squared toe boxes
  • Stretch your toes using your hands, or try picking up small objects with the affected toe to keep it flexible
  • Try a shoe insert to reduce pressure and pain on the affected toe
  • Use corn pads or foot straps, available at drugstores
  • Wear proper shoes when exercising
  • Try an ice pack to reduce swelling
  • Ask your podiatrist in Marietta about a cortisone injection if the pain persists

Surgical options:

  • Possible surgical procedures include:

    • Arthroplasty: In this procedure, half of the joint under the bent portion of the toe is removed. This allows the toe to straighten.
    • Weil osteotomy: After the metatarsal bone is shortened, a piece of hardware is inserted to help promote healing.
    • Tendon transfer: Tendons are moved from the underside of the toe to the top of the toe to help straighten the toe.
    • Arthrodesis: The joint is removed and a temporary pin is inserted to help promote healing.

If you are suffering from hammertoes, contact your podiatrist at Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA, at (770) 971-9820 today!

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1200 Johnson Ferry RD
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(770) 971-9820