Hammertoes have a surprising way of impacting your overall foot and ankle health! They happen when the first toe bends in an irritating manner at the joint. This condition can get more serious if left untreated. Our team of podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
Hammertoes occur from an imbalance with muscles and ligaments around the toe joint which produces a bend in the middle joint of the toe. When this bending occurs, the toe become stuck in an awkward position. Hammertoes generally affect women in large numbers. The most common complaint is rubbing and irritation on the top of the bent toe. This occurs because women wear shoes that cause the toe to bend in an unnatural way. It may be stylish to wear certain shoes, but these choices have lasting consequences on the health of your toes. This condition causes the joints to collapse, making the toe point upwards.
Hammertoes are a serious problem for diabetics because of their poor circulation and because they have a higher risk for contracting diseases and foot ulcers. Because certain individuals are more susceptible to this condition, surgery may be the only choice if your hammertoes become seriously bent due to a lack of preventative measures. Removal of the joint or redirecting the tendon may be used as surgical procedures and will ensure proper foot health. Exercises may help prevent the need for surgery, but stretching your toes is one of the best methods to get better since it has the beneficial effect of relaxing your tendons.
As you can see, Hammertoes are no joke. If you are experiencing this condition, please consider contacting our offices for an appointment as soon as possible. We will determine the best course of treatment specifically tailored for your wonderful feet and make sure those hammertoes don’t hammer away at your comfort anymore!