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hammertoes treatment in the Wayne, NJ 07470, Paramus, NJ 07652, Clifton, NJ 07012, Montclair, NJ 07042, Randolph, NJ 07869 and Edison, NJ 08817 area

Hammertoes are digital deformities from bony abnormalities. Often, the PIPJ or proximal phalangeal joint is flexed, or forms a ‘knuckle’. This flexion of the joint forms from many ways, but one of the most common includes tendon imbalances and various tendons overpowering other groups of tendons in the foot. Simple causes of hammertoes include many years of tight shoe gear. A bunion deformity can also cause a hammertoe deformity to form, especially at the 2nd digit.

Conservative treatments include wider shoe gear or orthotics, however, since it is an osseous deformity, surgery is also an option. Two surgical options include arthroplasty (releasing the joint) or arthrodesis (fusing the joint).

Your podiatric surgeon at One Oak Medical will determine which option best suits you.

Hammertoes (FAQs)

What is hammertoe?
A hammertoe is a type of deformity in which the second, third, fourth, or pinky toes are bent downwards at the middle joint. This gives the toe a hammer-like shape, hence the name. In its early stages, a hammertoe may be flexible and can be straightened. Over time, the affected toe can lose its flexibility and become permanently fixed in a bent position.
What are the symptoms of hammertoe?
Other than its characteristic hammer-like shape, symptoms of a hammertoe may include pain, inflammation, redness, a burning sensation, joint stiffness, and corns and calluses on the affected toes. In severe cases, open sores can form on the toes as they rub up against your shoes. Symptoms may be mild at first but can get worse over time.
What causes hammertoe?
Hammertoe is typically caused by a muscle and tendon imbalance, which leads to the toe bending. This problem can be made worse by wearing shoes that are too tight and narrow, particularly in the toe area. In some cases, injury or trauma to the toes can lead to hammertoe. This condition can also be genetic.
Can hammertoe go away on its own?
Hammertoe can not go away without treatment. It typically gets worse over time, although the rate at which it worsens varies from person to person. Seeking treatment is important to stop or slow the progression, relieve symptoms, and - if needed - to straighten the affected toes.
What are the treatments for hammertoe?
In mild and moderate cases, especially if the affected toes are still flexible, conservative treatments are suggested. These can include footwear and activity modifications, wearing orthotics, and taking medications to relieve pain and inflammation. In more severe cases, where the affected toes have become very painful, rigid, or has open sores, surgery may be recommended.


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