Do your toe curve down like claws, and either has to be straightened out manually or won’t straighten out at all? If you have hammertoe, an expert podiatrist at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists in Grapevine and Keller, Texas can diagnosis it and treat it with preventive techniques, symptomatic relief, or surgery. Men, women, and children in the Grapevine, Keller, and surrounding area who have hammertoe can call Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists today.
Hammertoe is a condition in which the tendons on the bottom of the toe pull harder than the tendons on the top of the toe. This unequal tension causes the toe to contract downward.
Hammertoes can be flexible or rigid. If they are flexible, you can straighten out the toe by manipulating it with your fingers. If they are rigid, you cannot straighten the toe yourself. Flexible hammertoe that doesn’t receive treatment may become rigid over time.
Risk factors for hammertoe include:
Hammertoe can be painful to walk on. The curled toe may rub against your shoe, causing calluses. Your hammertoe may eventually fuse into place and become permanent.
Your expert podiatrist at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists chooses either preventive, symptomatic, or curative therapies for your hammertoe, depending on your degree of disability and how rigid the contraction is.
Your Alliance podiatrist prescribe orthotics, which are the “contact lenses” of podiatry. Like contact lenses, orthotics reshape the treated area so that it functions well. Functional orthotics combined with calf-strengthening exercises encourage the toe to straighten out on its own over time.
You can ease the discomfort of hammertoe by wearing open-toe shoes or using hammertoe pads to reduce friction. Your podiatrist removes any corns or calluses that are troubling you. Over-the-counter corn remedies also can work but must be used with caution by healthy men and women and not at all by anyone who has diabetes.
Your podiatrist can fix a flexible hammertoe with a simple, in-office tendon-release surgery that only requires a single stitch. Surgery for rigid hammertoes is complicated. Your surgeon removes corns and the damaged skin and also removes a small section of bone at the fused joint. You may need a pin in your toe to hold it in place as it heals. Recovery takes several weeks.
If you have a hammertoe, treating it sooner rather than later provides the best results. Call the experts at Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists.