Our services include assessment, diagnosis, and advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help restore the function to your foot and eliminate any pain. During a one-on-one consultation, our team can determine which option is best suited for your specific case, lifestyle, and budget.
The flexed position of hammertoe deformities can cause pain and discomfort.
- High toe box shoes
Symptoms include swelling, redness, pain, or formation of wounds at the top of the joint
What is a hammer toe?
Hammer toes are contractions of the toe caused by a muscular imbalance in the foot where the tendons on the bottom of the foot over power the tendons on the top of the foot. As the toes contract they may become permanently bent in a flexed position. This deformity often causes pain when wearing closed toe shoes when the bent toe begins to rub against the top of the shoe. The friction can cause a corn to develop.
We start by correcting faulty foot mechanics that cause the hammertoe to develop. The emphasis is also on relieving painful symptoms through anti-inflammatory medications and through relieving the pressure caused from the shoe. Early treatment focuses on conservative methods such as converting from a pointed-toe low toe box shoe to wider, high toe box shoes can alleviate the pressure.
Nonsurgical treatment options include:
Shoe gear modification: Using wider shoes with larger toe boxes
Splinting, strapping, cushioning, and padding of the hammertoes
Custom orthotics to stabilize and slow progression of the deformity
Avoidance of activities that aggravate symptoms
Anti-inflammatory medications for periodic relief
Physical therapy to calm the inflammatory process
Podiatrists use orthotics to treat a variety of foot problems. They examine your feet and the way you walk to evaluate how you stand and move. This helps the podiatrist design custom inserts that meet your specific needs. Podiatrist-prescribed foot orthotics decrease foot pain and improve function.
Molded is a cast of your foot so it is made specifically for you. OTC orthotics are not bad options but the more specific the orthotic is to your foot, the more effective it will be.
Make an appointment with your podiatrist to at least evaluate your foot and ask them to guide you for your OTC orthotic purchase.