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How Does Hammertoe Occur?

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 00:00

The second and third toes may be impacted by the medical condition that is known as hammertoe. The toe bends at the joint in an upward position, and often resembles a hammer. It is considered to be a deformity, and in severe cases, surgery may be necessary to permanently straighten the toes.There are two stages of hammertoe. When this condition is first noticed, the joints can be flexible, and relief may be found when the correct shoes are worn. Additionally, there are specific stretches that can be performed which may help to strengthen the toes. When the condition becomes more severe, it is referred to as rigid hammertoe, and the joints are unable to move. A common reason why this condition may develop can consist of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, genetic factors may lead to developing hammertoe. Please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this ailment, and suggest treatment options that are correct for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and the Upper East Side, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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