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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know patients are able to readily identify a hammertoe by its characteristic bent shape causing it to resemble a hammer. However, they often don’t know much about what causes them or what treatments are available. Below are some facts about this common
FACT: Hammertoe is actual a deformity of or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe. It is caused by a muscle imbalance.
FACT: Hammertoes are a progressive condition. This means they will get worse over time unless treatment intervenes with the progression. In their early stages, hammertoes are still flexible and the toe can be straightened using conservative measures. Left untreated, the hammertoe will become rigid and unable to bend. At that point, surgery is the only option for correcting the deformity.
FACT: In addition to examining your toe and foot, the podiatrist will likely order an x-ray of the foot. This will be used to assess the severity of the deformity and also to monitor its progression in the future.
FACT: A secondary condition that often accompanies hammertoes is painful corns. These develop on the top and front of the toe as a result of rubbing and pressure from footwear on this part of the toe that is exposed due to the
FACT: There are several effective treatment options for hammertoes. These include:
- Changing your shoes to styles made of soft materials with roomy toe boxes
- Doing exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles
- Straps to realign the bent toe
- A custom orthotic device to help correct the muscle imbalance and foot position
- Icing and oral medications
- Pads to cushion and protect corns if they have formed
If you have noticed your toe appearing to be bending oddly at the joint, don’t delay. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices so that our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we treat many patients with the deformity known as hammertoe. Patients can usually easily identify this condition by the bend in the middle joint of the second, third or fourth toe that causes it to resemble its namesake. What they may be less aware of, however, is that there are treatment options available to decrease pain and discomfort from hammertoes. In addition, not treating a hammertoe in its early stages can result in it becoming rigidly fixed in the bent position. Over time, painful corns and calluses may develop on the top of the toe joint or the tip of the toe.
Our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
Medication—cortisone injections may be prescribed to relieve extreme pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs may also be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.
Taping—to change the imbalance around the toes and provide pain relief by altering the pressure on the toe, taping may be used.
Padding—placing soft padding on the top of the hammertoe can offer immediate relief from pressure and friction from footwear.
Shoe modifications—choosing shoes with roomy toe boxes made out of soft, flexible material may also help.
Exercises—the foot doctor may prescribe toe stretching and muscle strengthening exercises.
Custom orthotics—inserts made for your unique foot can redistribute weight and correct faulty foot function to reduce the imbalance causing the hammertoe.
If conservative measures fail to bring relief or the hammertoe has progressed to a permanently rigid position, surgery may be the only option. If you suspect you have a hammertoe developing, don’t delay. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices as soon as possible.
You may not be sure what’s wrong, but all you know is that your feet hurt! The pain seems to be mostly in your toes, however, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to flex them like you used to. Maybe you stubbed your toe or haven’t quite recovered from that night out in super high heels. Or perhaps you have a bunion on your big toe that somehow seems to be causing pain in your other toes. While bunions only affect your big toe, discomfort and loss of flexibility in your other toes can be a telltale sign of a similar but different issue. How can you tell if you have hammertoes or are at a higher risk of developing them?
- Your foot pain tends to localize specifically to your toes.
- Your toes, besides your big toe, tend to scrunch or tense up even when relaxed.
- It’s uncomfortable or painful to stretch or stand on your tippy-toes.
- You’ve noticed sores, corns, calluses, or irritation on the tip or ‘knuckles’ of your toes where they tend to rub against your shoes.
- There is little to no space in your shoes for your feet to stretch or flex.
- You often wear shoes with heels that are one inch or higher.
- You develop blisters, corns, or calluses elsewhere on your feet that might indicate excessive tension, friction, or irritation from your shoes.
While hammertoes can be painful and difficult to deal with, they are far from impossible to treat. Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help! The worst cases may require surgical correction but it doesn’t have to get to that point! The earlier you address the problem with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, the better your chances are of overcoming this uncomfortable foot issue. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our six locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!
Hammertoes begin when abnormalities in the utility of the foot trigger the tightening of tendons and ligaments, resulting in the joints of the toe bending in an unusual way. This bending forces the toe to point upwards and in turn keeps the joint in a downward position. Hammertoes are also a serious issue for diabetics because of their poor circulation and because they have a higher risk of developing complications and foot ulcers.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Wearing shoes that have large toe boxes.
- Refraining from wearing high-heels.
- Avoid wearing loose-fitting shoes if possible.
- Use of padding to reduce pain or taping to relieve pressure.
- Use of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling that may be caused by joint deformities from your hammertoe.
- Orthotics are also used to alleviate pain and stop the hammertoe from getting worse.
- Surgical procedures may be required when hammertoes get too stiff and stuck in the bent position. Surgery will accomplish the removal of the bone in the toe that is sticking out and put it back into its proper position, allowing the joint to heal for several weeks thereafter.
Hammertoes can grow into significant issues when not treated timely, such as an increase in rigidity, requiring surgery to fix the resulting deformity. The deformities this condition can cause will act as a severe hindrance to mobility. For these reasons, please contact us now so that we can help your toes become hammertoe free! Here at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut, our 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 assist with providing top-notch treatment for your hammertoes before they become insurmountable. So, make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and please take a moment to visit our Patient Education library to dive deeper into what you need to do in order to maintain optimal foot and ankle health now and in the future.
Hammertoes are not pleasant to look at, let alone having to deal with the pain. Our 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 provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut.
Hammertoes are a bend in the middle joint of the toe and go from flexible to stiff during the course of its occurrence. As with many other foot conditions, the deformity in toes resulting from this condition is usually caused by poorly fitting shoes that are tight in the toe box or that have high heels. There are instances of this condition being caused by hereditary issues as well. Moreover, comfortable shoes are the key to avoiding this condition and since feet size can change with age, it is very important to have them measured from time to time to have the best fitting shoes. A half inch of space between the tip of your shoe and the largest toe is essential to providing your feet with a comfortable fit. Sandals and other shoes that don’t cover the toes are also a great option because they provide an open space and prevent unnecessary friction on the toes. Don’t hesitate to visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about how to prevent this condition.
Surgery may however be required if preventative measures do not work. Such surgery includes making incisions in the foot to release tendons so that they can be allowed to straighten. If the toe is not flexible, then another type of surgery whereby the toe is manually straightened will be necessary and will entail cutting tendons directly and eliminating bone pieces to stop any potential blocks that are not allowing the toe to straighten.
As you can see, hammertoes are not an easy problem to stop unless you take the proper steps early on in the condition. Please contact us today so that we may be able to determine whether your hammertoes can be stopped from getting worse or if surgery is required to bring your feet back to normal.