Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Thayne, WY & Pocatello, ID
Hammertoes can progress into a painful deformity that may lead to other chronic conditions. At Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic, expert podiatrists Adam Matthews, DPM, Karson Howard, DPM, and their team provide innovative treatment options to correct hammertoes. They have two locations in Thayne and Jackson, Wyoming, and four in Pocatello, Soda Springs, Montpelier, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. Call or book an appointment at the office nearest you today.
What are hammertoes?
If your second, third, or fourth toe has an abnormal bend, you might well have hammertoe. It gets its name because the shape of your toe resembles a hammer, with the joint being stuck in an upward position instead of straight with your other toes.
In the beginning of its development, it can be corrected with noninvasive options. However, this condition can worsen over time, causing pain when wearing shoes. If it goes untreated, you may need surgery to correct it.
What causes hammertoes?
Hammertoes develop when you have an imbalance in the muscles and tendons in your toes. After a while, you lose stability in the toes, and they can contract and bend awkwardly.
A hammertoe can result from wearing high heels that crowd your feet and push your toes tightly together. You can also get it from an injury like stubbing or breaking a toe. Further, genetics can play a role.
If you notice the onset of a hammertoe, schedule an appointment at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic. Early treatment can correct your issue and help you avoid surgery.
When should I see my podiatrist about hammertoes?
When you have an appointment with your podiatrist, they first provide education and information about hammertoes to help you stay aware of the signs. They also examine your feet and toes, looking for the following symptoms:
- Open sores on your toes
- Corns or calluses
- Burning sensations
They might take X-rays to determine the root of your issue. At Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic, they provide you with conservative and surgical options depending on the severity of your hammertoe.
How are hammertoes treated?
If caught in the beginning stages, nonsurgical options are recommended, such as:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Steroid injections
- Special pads for your toes
- Corn or callus removal
- Custom orthotics
- Shoe modifications
- Exercises to practice at home
- Physical therapy
If conservative methods of treatment aren’t effective, then minimally invasive surgery may be your best option. The technique involves realigning connective tissues and removing a small amount of bone, if necessary. Once healed, your toe should function normally.
To schedule an evaluation at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic, call the friendly office staff or book your appointment online today.
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