Hammertoes

Why choose Beaver Valley Foot Clinic for hammer toes treatment?

  • We offer the best in Podiatric surgeries by our Board Certified Podiatrist and nonsurgical alternatives to people of every age to help get back to the activities they enjoy!

To schedule an appointment to discuss Hammertoes or to get general information call 878-313-FEET (3338)

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Hammer Toes, what are they?

A Hammer toes is an often inherited toe deformity occurring usually in toes 2-3-4. The toes bend downward at the first joint closest to the foot from the joint. Since the outline from the side view looks like a hammer, it is referred to as a “hammer toe”.

Causes of hammer toes

Causes of hammer toes include:

  • Genetics

  • Poorly fitted shoes, pointy toed shoes, and ones with no extra toe room.

  • Muscle weaknesses and imbalances, which can be from injury, or muscle wasting problems like MS, or just plain old old age.

Risk factors of hammertoes:

  • Increased age.

  • Women are more likely to get hammer toes than men.

  • Long second toe- often called “Morton’s toe” and is said to be a sign of intelligence.

Complications of not Treating a Hammer Toe

Hammertoes do not go away on their own, they just get worse and lead to more problems.

The bent hammer toe can cause:

  • Corns

  • Calluses

  • Cross over toes

  • Rubbing of skin of adjacent toes

Call for an appointment for hammer toe care

  • Fill out an appointment form online.

  • Call 878-313-FEET (3338).

Hammer Toes Diagnosis and Symptoms

Symptoms of hammer toe may include:

  • Pain in shoes

  • Rigid toes that do not bend

  • Corns either on or between toes

  • Ball of foot pain

  • Bent up toes

Diagnosing Hammer Toes

Your Podiatrist at Beaver Valley Foot Clinic can confirm the diagnosis of hammertoes.They do this by:

  • History and Physical Exam

  • Signs and symptoms

  • Tests like ROM, and exams , for example X-rays.

Treatment of Hammer Toes

Goals of Hammer toe treatment:

Treatments for hammer toes can vary, depending on how severe the case is.

Treatment goals for hammer toes are:

  • Preserve and increase the flexibility of toes.

  • Strengthen the muscles. Of the toe

  • Elongate or release tight tendons holding the toe in its’ rigid positions.

Our doctors at Beaver valley Foot Clinic use a wide range of treatments for hammer toes like:

  • NSAIDS; our Dr’s do NOT prescribe Opioid pain medication for hammertoes.

  • Buttressing and padding

  • Arthroplasty or joint remodeling

Nonsurgical treatment options for Hammertoes:

Shoe adaptations:

  • Shop for shoes at the end of the day when feet are most swollen

  • Buy shoes ½ inch longer than longest toe

  • Heel height should not be over 1 inch

  • OTC or Custom insoles helps supports metatarsals and toes

  • Stretch your old shoe to make room for toes

  • Budin Splints

  • Buttress pads

Benefits of hammer toes treatment

Surgical and nonsurgical interventions for hammer toes, both provide benefits for the right person.:

  • Reduce Foot Pain

  • Prevent ulcerations that can lead to infections

  • Toes are straight again and fit better in shoes

  • Flexibility returns to toes

  • Neuropathic patients like diabetics are safer from rubbing they can’t feel

Risks of hammer toes treatment

Any procedures or surgeries carry inherent risks; however, the benefits usually outweigh the risks. These risks include but are not limited to:

  • Post surgical long term pain

  • Chronic edema (swelling of the toe)

  • Joint Stiffness

  • Infection or redness to the area

  • Limitation of activity after surgery

  • Need to elevate feet for several weeks

  • RSD

Hammer toe surgery

Podiatrists often suggest surgery to correct hammer toes for people that have failed nonsurgical treatment options.

Goals of hammertoe surgery includes:

  • Reduction of toe pain

  • Relief of pressure fromm calluses on the bottom of the foot

  • Realign tendons.

  • Reduce friction between toes, thus reducing painful red areas of broken down skin.

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Preparing for your appointment

If you’re pretty sure you have hammertoes, start by contacting our Drs at Beaver Valley Foot Clinic! Podiatrist specialize in the care of toes and know all the intricacies of treatment no Primary Dr or express clinic Dr can ever know.

Before your appointment

It helps to write everything down before you come in.

  • Your Foot symptoms,  including how long your symptoms have been present, what shoes or activities cause the problem, secondary problems with your toes like corn and callus placement

  • Personal information for H&P major illnesses, family medical history, allergies to medications

  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements :Dosages, list spelling of medications and how many times a day you take them

  • Questions you want to ask Write down your questions for the podiatrist, like how long does recovery take, can you drive after the procedure, and any limitation of your activity, and have an idea of how soon you would like to have your hammertoe surgery.

If possible, to help you remember the information you’re given, bring along a friend or family member

What to expect from your Podiatrist:

Your Podiatrist is likely to ask you questions, such as:

  • How much pain are your feet or toes causing you?

  • Where is most of the pain located?

  • What does your job or daiy activity entail?

  • Does anything help to improve your symptoms?

  • What makes your symptoms worse?

  • Are there any shoes you can wear comfortably?

Sometimes if you are not a surgical candidate or you just don’t have time right now to take care of your problems, there is a lot your Podiatrist can do to get you comfortable. Shaving corns or calluses is a great temporary fix, that can be repeated until you are ready, even if it’s not for years! Shoe recommendations, or inserts help. Your Podiatrist can give you a Prescription for Diabetic shoe, if you meet the requirements, these shoes are evn a covered service through your Doctor. Offloading padding and accomodations will relieve pressure points to the bottom of the feet, preventing wounds and allowing existing wounds a chance to heel. So don’t give up. Much can be done. Just take the first step and Call Beaver Valley Foot Clinic for a location nearest you. 878-313-3338 www.BVFootClinic.com