Hammertoes can make walking painful and difficult and tend to become more rigid over time. A experienced and caring New York foot doctor from Progressive Podiatry can help.
Symptoms and causes
Hammertoes are characterized by a curling or bending of the toes. Symptoms include pain, discomfort, redness, inflammation and corns or lesions.
There are three basic types of hammertoes: hammertoe deformity, mallet toe and claw toe, each relating to the bending or curling of different toe joints.
Hammertoes are usually caused by an improper pulling or imbalance of the lower extremity muscles on the tendons that control the toes. They can sometimes result from other foot conditions such as flat feet or high arches. Small or tight shoes can also cause or worsen the condition. As the toe curls or bends, it puts pressure on parts of the toe that aren’t designed to support weight. Rubbing results, which can cause corns, calluses and lesions.
Claw toe is the most severe type of hammertoe deformity, however the treatments are generally the same for a hammertoe deformity and claw foot. Your podiatrist may recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, use padding or cushioning, wear orthotics and or take NSAID’s.
In severe cases, hammertoe surgery may be required. New surgical innovations include “InterPhlex Rods” and other types of state of the art “digital” hardware.
Long and short toe problems and treatments
In some cases overly long or short toes can cause pain, discomfort, ulcerative or pre-ulcerative lesions. Conservative treatments include cushioning, padding, shoe-wear modification and orthotics. Short toe pain and discomfort can sometimes be alleviated using shoe or toe fillers. Severe cases may require surgical intervention.
Innovative surgical techniques
New surgical innovations for lengthening toes include Osteomed’s “InterPhlex” rods. New advances in surgical hardware and techniques for shortening toes allow for more efficient results with easier recoveries. Internal techniques can reduce the chance of infections, hardware complications and allow a safer more reliable outcome.
Contact a New York foot doctor at Progressive Podiatry
If you suffer from hammertoes, require hammertoe surgery or have problems resulting from overly long or short toes, schedule an appointment online or by phone with a New York foot doctor at Progressive Podiatry – 718-840-0660.