Don’t let hammertoe pain and discomfort keep you from doing the things you love.
If you are dealing with painful bent toes then you could be dealing with a common foot condition known as a hammertoe. Catching the problem early is the best way to prevent it from getting worse. Learn about preventive measures you can take and the ways in which the doctors at New England Podiatry in Boston, MA treat hammertoes.
What causes a hammertoe to form?
This condition affects the smaller toes with contracture of the first and second joint of the toe. This often happens when there is an imbalance in the muscles and tendons that control the toes. If the toe is bent for a long period of time a rigid hammertoe can form.
Other reasons someone might develop a hammertoe include poorly fitted shoes, arthritis, genetic predisposition to developing hammertoes or injury to the toe. It is common for a callus to form on top of the affected toe due to the friction from shoe gear.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you suspect that you might have a hammertoe it is important that you schedule an evaluation. At New England Podiatry, we offer a variety of options for this condition. While surgery is the only way to correct the deformity, there are other methods to reduce your symptoms. The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and swelling and to prevent the deformity from progressing.
You may find relief from your hammertoe symptoms by,
- Wearing practical, supportive and properly fitted shoes
- Following any foot exercises your podiatrist gives you to strengthen the muscles around the toe
- Applying a protective pad over the corn or callus when wearing shoes
Surgery is needed when other treatment options have failed. If your symptoms are persistent, severe, and affecting your quality of life our doctors will discuss whether hammertoe surgery may be the best option.
If you are looking for a board-certified podiatrist who can treat your hammertoe deformity or other foot problems, we are located in the Boston-metro west area. Call New England Podiatry today to find out how we can help you.