Hammertoes can cause significant complications with toes, leading to deformities. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can treat this condition with expert care at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Please also check out our Patient Education section to discover further helpful information about how to care for your foot and ankle health.
Hammertoes are deformities of the toes. The toe becomes permanently bent at the middle joint. They are flexible at first, but become stuck in that position if not treated timely. This condition generally occurs from wearing shoes that do not fit accurately or a muscle disparity since the muscles straighten and bend the toes. Shoes that are too narrow force toes to be pushed into unnatural positions. Women who wear high heeled shoes actually cause their toes to squeeze against the front of the shoe, which damages the toe muscles by rendering them unable to straighten. As you can see, footwear plays an important part with this condition.
Treatment for hammertoes can be in the form of soft shoes that have large toe boxes. These shoes should be wide and have no heels. Physical therapy is also of great significance as it can strengthen the toe muscles. When a hammertoe becomes overly deformed, surgery may be necessary to correct it. The type of surgery will depend on the extent of the deformity. The recovery period will also vary and the toe may be stiff or swollen until it gets better. Weight can be placed on the foot as it recovers to strengthen the toe muscles. There may also be an instance of reoccurrence whereby the hammertoe comes back even after surgery. In this situation, further surgical procedures will become necessary to alleviate the condition.
Hammertoes can cause significant deformities and intrusions into mobility. It’s a good idea to contact us during the early stages of this condition so that we can correct it via conservative methods. So, please contact us today to get your toes straight!