What Is A Hammertoe?

By Gresham Podiatry Center
May 24, 2017
Category: General
Tags: Hammertoes  

Hammertoe is a condition associated with the toe being bent at the middle joint, which gives it a hammer-shaped appearance. This hammertoecondition usually affects the second, third or fourth toes of the foot. Untreated hammertoe can lead to the development of corns and calluses on the toes, as well as inflexibility and pain or discomfort. In Gresham, OR, hammertoes are treated by Dr. Derek McCammon at Gresham Podiatry Center.

Causes of Hammertoe

Hammertoe occurs when the middle joint of the toes becomes dislocated, causing it to remain in a bent position resembling the shape of a hammer. There are several possible causes of hammertoe. Possible causes include:

  • Wearing shoes that do not fit properly
  • Having an extremely high arch
  • Sustaining severe toe injuries
  • Having tightened tendons and ligaments in the foot
  • Developing arthritis in the foot

Treatments for Hammertoe

Several possible treatments are available for hammertoe. One option is wearing comfortable footwear with sufficient room in the toe box so the toes are not squished together. Cushioned inserts and corn pads can also help alleviate discomfort from corns or calluses that have developed. Various stretching exercises can also help alleviate discomfort by improving flexibility and movement in the toes. In more severe cases, foot surgery is an option.

Surgery for hammertoe can correct the bend at the middle joint and allow the toe to return to its normal position. There are several possible surgical procedures to correct hammertoes. The surgery that is right for you will depend on whether you have flexible or fixed hammertoe. Whatever your specific condition, the end result will be a straightening of the affected toes. In Gresham, OR, most hammertoe surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures so you can return home the same day.

Hammertoe can be uncomfortable, but relief is possible. Treatments such as stretching therapy, better-fitting shoes or even surgery can alleviate the discomfort of hammertoe and correct the condition. For treatment of hammertoes in Gresham, OR, schedule an appointment with Dr. McCammon or Dr. King by calling Gresham Podiatry Center at (503) 667-6600.