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The deformity called hammertoe gets its name because of the propensity of the middle toes to bend into the shape of a hammer due to muscle and tendon imbalances. These imbalances are actually hereditary, but they can become exacerbated by stress and pressure. Shoes like high heels that push your toes together are a major cause of toe deformities like hammertoes and bunions.
Hammertoes are more flexible and more easily straightened in the early stages of the condition. Seeing your podiatrist at this stage will allow you to effectively treat your hammertoes without the need for surgery. A variety of methods are used to stretch and hold the toes in a straighter position.
Some excellent early hammertoe treatments include the following:
- Properly-fitted shoes—Always have your shoes properly fitted to provide the right combination of cushioning and support. A wide toe box is essential for giving your toes room to move without creating friction against your footwear and to allow room for pads and orthotic inserts.
- Physical therapy—Strengthening and flexing your toes with regular therapy exercises will help straighten toes and maintain flexibility in the joints, muscles, and tendons. Toe extension and towel scrunching are excellent exercises for this purpose.
- Padding and custom orthotic inserts—Orthotic shoe inserts can redirect pressure from the bent toes and aid in straightening. A variety of cushioned pads are available to help reduce rubbing against the corns that often form on top of hammertoes.
When hammertoes have become more advanced, it may be necessary to have a surgical procedure to correct them. Depending upon how rigid and bent your toes have become, several options are available that you can discuss with your foot doctor.
If you are having problems with painful hammertoes, 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!
If one or more of your toes appears with a bent shape at the joint (like the shape of a hammer), then you probably have a condition known as hammertoe, but it could also be mallet toe, which is pretty much the same thing. This condition is not always painful in the early stages, but a hammertoe can become more deformed over time, and as it presses harder against your footwear you may develop painful corns on the tops of your hammertoes.
While this condition is usually considered to be hereditary, it can also be exacerbated by other conditions such as arthritis, wearing improperly fitting shoes, and having flat feet. Traumatic injury to the toe, such as by dropping a heavy object like a laptop on it, can also aggravate this condition.
Diagnosis and treatment of hammertoes
A comprehensive foot examination by your podiatrist will determine the severity of the muscle contractions and tendon imbalance that may be causing the toe to bend improperly. X-rays and MRI’s will more accurately determine the extent of the toe deformity.
Some of the treatments your podiatrist may recommend include the following:
●Custom orthotic inserts—Orthotics address a variety of complications including imbalance between the muscle and tendon which may be the cause of the deformity.
●Splinting and strapping—These can be used to help realign the toes and force them into position.
●Cushions and padding—Store bought or specially-made pads can be used on corns to help prevent rubbing and blister formation.
●Pain relieving meds—For pain and inflammation.
●Strength and flexibility exercises—Toe stretching and flexibility exercises such as towel scrunches and marble pickups will help strengthen muscles.
If you are experiencing painful and rigid toes, you may have a hammertoe problem, so be sure to 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!
Having hard, rough, abrasive skin on your feet looks ugly, and can often feel uncomfortable.
Hard skin on the foot can be easily removed using a file or pumice stone. A pumice stone is naturally abrasive and is made of volcanic rock and crystals, which is an earthy addition to your foot care program. Rubbing away the dead skin on your feet allows new skin cells to grow unimpeded and ushers in a nice smooth texture.
There are a variety of methods for dealing with this common problem, some of which include the following:
- Custom made orthotic inserts—If you have an underlying foot problem, your foot doctor may prescribe custom-made padded inserts that can relieve the pressure on the heel, and on corns and calluses.
- Trimming away dead skin—It’s best to let your foot doctor cut away thickened skin or trim a bothersome corn during an office visit. Your foot specialist can do the trimming without causing any unnecessary bleeding which could end up causing an infection.
- Acid peels—Your podiatrist may recommend a patch containing a high concentration of salicylic acid. While these patches are available at your pharmacy, the prescription strength medicine is more effective at more rapid hard skin removal. The peels may be used in conjunction with abrasive methods.
- Antibiotic medication—Antibiotic cream or ointment may be prescribed to reduce any risk of infection.
- Surgery—In severe cases, your foot specialist may recommend surgery to correct problems like the intrusion of a bone that may be causing friction and callus formation.
If you have difficult to treat hardened skin on your feet, 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!
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!
Hammertoe exists as a deformity of the toe, which is acquired when your toe constantly rubs against your shoes. Because women often wear smaller-fitted shoes, hammertoe seems to occur more in women. One possible solution for hammertoe is surgery. One such surgery involves drilling in an implant, which will help grip the toe and hold the foot together. A hole is drilled by the surgeon, then the implant is inserted into the toe and clipped. Following the implant surgery, patients should be able to return to their normal lifestyles and go back to wearing regular shoes.
To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the symptoms associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.
Hammertoe is a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.
It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.