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Possible Causes of Hammertoe

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

The medical condition that is referred to as hammertoe is considered to be a deformity in the middle toes. It may develop as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or it can occur from genetic factors. When the toes become cramped in the shoe, the middle toe bends to resemble the shape of a hammer. It can overlap onto the toe next to it, and consistent friction can cause a callus to develop. Additionally, some patients may experience pain in the ball of the foot, which is a result of chronic stress the foot endures. Mild relief may be found when soft padding is inserted in the shoe. For severe cases of hammertoe, surgery could be a viable option to consider in order to permanently straighten the toes.  If you notice you are developing hammertoe, it is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide you with the treatment that is best for you.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot and Ankle Care of Moriches. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Moriches, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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