Treatments for Hammertoe
As with many conditions that affect the feet, the earlier treatment is sought, the better the outcome. This is especially true for the condition called hammertoe which causes the toes to bend into hammer like shapes often with the addition of corns or calluses appearing on the bent sections where the toes rub against footwear. Hammertoes often affect people hereditarily in the form of muscle imbalances and to those who wear restrictive shoes such as high heels.
In early stages, hammertoes are more flexible and can often be treated by stretching to a normal position and holding in place. But as a hammertoe ages, it becomes more bent and rigid and may require a surgical intervention to properly straighten.
Some of the best early hammertoe treatments include:
- Toe extension exercises—Spread out your toes and individually stretch them with manual manipulation.
- Toe strengthening exercises—Do the towel scrunching exercise by standing on a small towel and bunching up the material with your toes. You can also try picking up small objects like marbles with your toes and dropping them in a cup.
- Padding and moleskin—Isolating corns and calluses with pads can help alleviate pain by reducing rubbing.
- Wear shoes and sneakers with a wide toe box—Having enough room in your shoes for your feet to stretch and for the insertion of orthotic inserts is a great help.
Should your hammertoes not respond to conservative measures, and if increasing pain and locomotion issues are becoming unbearable, a variety of surgical interventions are available depending upon the rigidity and severity of your hammertoe problem.
For more expert advice on hammertoe treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!