Hammertoes Strike Slowly Yet Effectively
Hammertoes are deformities of the second, third or fourth toes, whereby they bend at the joint located in the middle, giving the appearance of an inverted shape. They are caused by an irregular balance of the toe muscles, which triggers a great amount of pressure on the toe’s tendons or joints. This condition is also unfortunately more common in females due to their choice of footwear. Hammertoes can result in a painful motion at the toe joint or pain in the ball of the foot. Arthritis can be a factor to forming hammertoes as the balance in and around toes are disturbed because of it. Wearing tight fitting shoes will also contribute to this condition because they cause toes to squeeze in an unnatural manner. Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry can diagnose and treat hammertoes with skill and precision. Please call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location to learn more about this condition.
To reduce pain from this condition, individuals should wear shoes with a deep toe boxes, stop wearing high-heeled shoes and wear loose-fitting shoes if possible. If this condition is not treated early in its development, the hammertoe can become more rigid, requiring surgery to correct the resulting deformity. Certain actions to take in preventing hammertoes from becoming worse are to use padding to reduce pain or taping to relieve pressure.
Other treatments include anti-inflammatories to lower inflammation that may be caused by joint deformities from your hammertoe. Orthotics are also especially helpful in stopping pain and preventing the hammertoe from getting worse. If the hammertoe however becomes too rigid and difficult to control, surgery will be required to remove the protruding bone and to reinstate the correct toe alignment at the injured joint. Recovery can take up to several weeks post-surgery. Since hammertoes are treated more easily at their earlier stages, it’s in your best interest to contact our offices now to receive the correct treatment and feedback to help stop your hammertoes from getting worse.