Hammertoe Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

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 Q & A

What is hammertoe?

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. 

What are the symptoms of hammertoe?

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. 

Who is at risk of hammertoe?

Hammertoe affects all types of people, but certain factors may increase your risk, including: 

  • Being middle-aged or older
  • Being a woman
  • Having arthritis
  • Having diabetes

You’re also more likely to experience a hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe. 

Is there any way to prevent hammertoe?

There’s no way to prevent hammertoe entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk, including:

  • Wearing shoes with plenty of toe room
  • Wearing shoes with low heels
  • Wearing shoes with straps or laces

You should also double-check your shoe size. As you get older, your feet get wider. This can also increase your risk of hammertoes. 

How is hammertoe diagnosed?

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.

How is hammertoe treated?

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.