A hammertoe is a foot deformity that’s common in women, especially those who wear high heels or other toe-crowding shoes. The expert team of podiatrists at Professional Podiatry Services of New York, located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, regularly diagnose and treat hammertoes using safe and effective means. To request your hammertoe appointment, call the office, or book online today.
Hammertoe and mallet toe are two common foot deformities caused by an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that hold your toes straight.
Hammertoe is an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe, while mallet toe affects the joint nearest your nail. Regardless of the type of toe deformity you have, it’s important to seek professional treatment. Left unmanaged, you might experience mobility issues or the need for surgery.
The most obvious symptom of hammertoe is an abnormal bend in one or more of your middle toes. Ultimately, this causes your affected toe to freeze in a curved, hammerhead-like shape. As the condition gets worse, you might also experience pain or discomfort. Some people with hammertoes also develop corns or calluses on the top of one or more toes.
Hammertoe affects all types of people, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience a hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe.
There’s no way to prevent hammertoe entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk, including:
You should also double-check your shoe size. As you get older, your feet get wider. This can also increase your risk of hammertoes.
To diagnose hammertoe, the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York physically examines your feet and toes and asks about your symptoms. Your doctor might also order a set of X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet and toes.
Treatment for hammertoe depends on the severity of your symptoms. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York usually recommends conservative measures such as wearing more comfortable shoes or using heel pads and inserts.
If conservative treatments don’t ease your symptoms, you might benefit from foot and ankle surgery. During hammertoe surgery, your provider carefully releases the tendon that prevents your toe from lying flat. If necessary, your surgeon might also remove a piece of bone to straighten your toe.
To learn more about the benefits of hammertoe treatment, schedule an appointment at Professional Podiatry Services of New York by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.