Hammertoe is caused by a deformity that bends the toes, causing them to be crooked. The joint affected is located at the bottom of the big toe and can often appear unsightly. The skin on top of the toes may look swollen, and corns and calluses will often form there, typically caused by friction as it rubs against the shoes. Causes of hammertoe are commonly due to shoes fitting poorly, which may cause the toes to be constricted for long periods of time. There may be a predisposed genetic trait that may cause this condition, in addition to diabetic patients and arthritis sufferers being prone to hammertoe. There are numerous treatment options available, depending on the severity of this condition. A consultation with a podiatrist is suggested for a proper diagnosis.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Texas Gulf Coast Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.
Pain in the affected toes
Development of corns or calluses due to friction
Contracture of the toes
Genetics - People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible
Arthritis - Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur
Trauma - Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe
Ill-fitting shoes - Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe
Orthotics - Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it
Medications - Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used
Surgery - In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option
If you have any questions please contact our office located in Webster, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.