What is Hammer Toe?

A hammer toe is a type of foot deformity where the toe bends downward. Hammer toe deformities generally stay flexible in the beginning. But eventually, they become stiff and painful. And over time, they make it difficult for your feet to fit into shoes. Also, people often develop corns or calluses on the toes which are even more painful. Dr. Solomon along with her team of expert podiatrists will get you the best options to fix your hammertoe pain and problem.

The podiatrists will evaluate all the symptoms with a thorough consultation and examination. Thus, they will come up with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan and help solve any underlying severe issue. If you have any queries regarding the treatment provided here, drop us a line today.

Hammer Toe and its Treatment

Generally, the toes are kept straight by multiple muscles and those connect all around the toe. If any one of the muscle groups starts to overpower the other, the toe tends to bend and bend even more. According to podiatrists, hammertoes are common in those who already have other foot deformities such as flat feet, high arch feet, tight calf muscles, etc. Hammer toes can develop because of various reasons. Whatever the reason is, Dr. Solomon will do the proper evaluation, and diagnosis so you get the proper treatment – be it conservative or surgical.

  • First, you may be suggested to try some conservative treatment options

  • The surgical procedures are minimally invasive and minimally scarring

  • The surgeries are done while taking care of your foot aesthetics

  • You enjoy a faster recovery and get back to work soon.

Causes and Symptoms of Hammer toe

When you visit the podiatrist, the doctor will explain what other foot issues you are having that may have led to your hammertoe. Some diseases, your foot structure, and sometimes, even the shoes you wear can contribute to developing this condition. However, the most common causes are inclusive of the shoes you wear, the abnormal balance of toe muscles, trauma, etc. Wearing high heel shoes without enough room in the toe box can cause your toes to be bent. In those shoes, your toe stays in an uncomfortable position because of insufficient room. And, if your toes are in this position for too long, eventually, they tend to stay that way.

The abnormal balance of toe muscles leads to instability of your foot, which can contract the muscles of your toe. On the other hand, injuries introducing blunt force to your toe, no matter whether you stub, jam, or break it — make it more prone to develop hammertoe or mallet toe. The other causes of a hammer toe include a traumatic toe injury, arthritis, an unusually high foot arch, tightened ligaments or tendons in the foot, etc.

Pressure from a bunion can also cause hammertoe. In this case, your big toe points inward toward the second toe. Pressure from a bunion can be easily treated with bilateral bunion surgery. Dr. Solomon, an experienced bunion surgeon can remove the bump from the big toe joint and then shift the bone over. The symptoms of hammertoe are the joints within your toes appearing with corns on the skin. When this deformed joint gets rubbed by the top of your shoes, this deformity becomes painful.