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Hammertoes

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Hammertoes can be identified by an abnormal bend in the middle joint of the toe. This can lead to added pressure on the toe when wearing shoes. It can also cause pain on the top of the toes and/or the bottom of the forefoot when walking or running. Because hammertoes typically worsen overtime and become increasingly more rigid, it’s recommended that you seek the help of a podiatrist for treatment options.

Issues that coincide with a hammertoe deformity, such as corns or calluses can be very painful. Some factors that may influence your likelihood of getting a hammertoe deformity include: flat feet, high-arched feet, improper footwear, bunion deformity, neuromuscular diseases, and genetics.

To accommodate a hammertoe deformity, it’s recommended that you wear shoes that that have extra-depth in the toe box. Buying shoes that are longer or wider may in fact, make the condition WORSE.

Functional custom-made orthotics can help slow down the progression of this deformity. Pads for corns and calluses caused by a hammertoe deformity can help to relieve pressure if worn properly.

If conservative care does not relieve the symptoms of a hammertoe deformity, there are many types of surgical corrections available to address the deformity. Surgery is performed right in a comfortable setting in our office using local anesthesia.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.

Call (519) 258-3668 to book your appointment.

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