Get Early Treatment for Hammertoes

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
August 09, 2018
Category: Toe Conditions
Tags: Hammertoes  

If you’ve noticed that your toes have become strangely rigid or curled, you may have a foot deformity called hammertoes.

A hammertoe gets its name from the way the bent toe resembles the shape of a hammer. Corns or calluses may appear in response to pressure and friction from repetitive actions, such as the toes rubbing against footwear.

In many people, the tendency for hammertoes is hereditary which may worsen by wearing ill-fitted shoes. Conditions such as trauma and arthritis can also worsen this condition. Hammertoes are more flexible at the beginning which is why early treatment can help yield better results.

Hammertoes seldom improve on their own, thus it is necessary to visit a foot doctor for proper diagnoses and treatment.

Here are some of the early hammertoe treatments that a podiatrist may suggest:

  • Stretching and strengthening.  Proper stretching and strengthening exercises can help you reverse the muscle imbalance that causes a hammertoe.
  • Splinting. Toes can be realigned with the help of splints or tape to avoid further bending.
  • Orthotic shoe inserts. Inserts can help reposition the foot and toe while wearing shoes.
  • Padding. Corns and calluses that may appear on the top of hammertoes can be isolated by using pads which help to reduce pressure and stress and lessen pain.
  • Footwear. Choice of proper footwear is important. Tight shoes and high heels should be avoided.

If you are suffering from hammertoes or any other foot and ankle condition, then it is time to call a podiatrist. Call our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid- Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Dr. Cohen and his team of highly qualified professionals can be your go-to team in helping you get rid of hammertoes and put an end to all your foot and ankle problems. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.