Time to Get Rid of Hammer Toes

By Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC
March 09, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammer toe   corns   calluses  

Do you remember hammer time? If you were around in the 80’s you know your next thought will be that you can’t touch this. Well, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get serious about the matter because MC Hammer isn’t going to fix it unless he is a podiatrist. 

Hammer toes are a deformity that causes your toes to bend or curl downward resembling a hammer. Our team at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee can diagnose a hammer toe quickly during a routine exam and take imaging or 

x-rays to see how extensive the damage is. 

 

If you recognize any of these symptoms you should call for an appointment without delay:

  • A toe that bends downward
  • Corns and calluses on those toes
  • Trouble walking
  • Claw like toes
  • Less flexibility to wiggle that toe

Genetics can play a big role in your foot type and predisposition to joint deformity. If you have high arches your toes work harder to stabilize your balance which can also lead to hammer toes. Another leading culprit are those fashionable shoes that lend little to no arch support and put pressure on the toes and joints.  Lastly, neuromuscular disease (a disorder that effects the nervous system) can contribute to the development of a hammer toe and people with diabetes are at a higher risk as well. In severe instances with poor blood flow more complications can arise then just hammer toes. This should all be considered and diagnosed properly. 

Here are some sensible ways to fix hammer toes without having surgery

  • Wear wider shoes with a good arch support and a non- medicated padding.  
  • Use a pumice stone to treat the calluses and corns associated with hammer toes 
  • Do foot exercises like extending and curling toes.  Moving the toes one at a time can help prevent the toe from becoming deformed. 

These remedies may work in some cases where the toe can be corrected easily. However, surgery can be the best way to permanently fix a hammer toe that is severely deformed. Either way your feet deserve to look as good as they can, especially in the warmer months. Call Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC in any of our 5 conveniently located offices; 2 in NJ; Fort Lee and Ringwood or any of our 3 in NY; Flushing, Woodhaven and Brooklyn.  It’s time to fix your hammer toe!

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