What Are Hammertoes?

Hammertoes occur due to a contracture of the small joints in the toe which causes friction to these joints when wearing shoes. In many cases, when left untreated, the top of the toe repeatedly rubs against the shoe and a corn can develop.

Symptoms of Hammertoes

  • Redness and swelling at the toe joint
  • Corns may form at the top of the toe joint
  • Decreased motion at the toe joint

Treatment of Hammertoes

Hammertoes can be treated conservatively by wearing wider or opened toed shoes. In some instances, padding, strapping, injection therapy or shaving of the dead skin can alleviate symptoms of hammertoes. In extreme cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to alleviate the pain.

Schedule an Appointment today to see which treatment option will be best suited for your Hammertoes

Dr. Alexander

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