Hammertoes can happen and be a cause for concern because the full extent of their influence may not be realized until they have fully formed. They result from an uneven arrangement of the toe joint. This makes it bend in the middle of the joint and will cause the toe to become fixed in that position if not treated timely. In fact, this condition and the symptoms it causes can become more severe over time if the friction causing it is not curbed. If left untreated, hammertoes may become rigid and lead to open sores.
Shoes are such a huge culprit of this condition because so many are made with style over function. Having your toes squeeze into a $1,000 shoe may look nice on the red carpet, but the red color will also be on your toes when you take them off due to the friction caused from the unnatural shape of the shoe.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Wearing shoes that are bigger than usual in the toe box region. This may not look the best, but your comfort will be heightened immensely.
- Exercising the feet in a manner that focuses on the toes.
- Surgical options may be necessary if treatment is delayed significantly. These procedures will repair the deformed toe joint so that it can be manually straightened and stay that way. If medical recommendations are not followed post-surgery, the toe joint may bend again and require additional corrective measures.
Hammertoes will cause deformities to your toes if left unchecked. Don’t allow your toe to become stuck with this condition. At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, have the skills and experience to provide treatment tailored to your specific hammertoe so that it has a good chance of being eradicated for the long-term. So, why not make an appointment with us? Try calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and stop the hammer from dropping its force on your toes!