Characterized by a bend in one or both joints of any but the big toe, hammertoe is a common podiatric issue. In early stages the toe can still be extended, but will be bent upward in its resting state. If left untreated, however, the condition will worsen progressively.
Signs and Symptoms
Hammertoe is typically straightforward to identify on a simple physical examination. Symptoms include:
- A contracted toe or toes.
- Corns between toes or on the top, side or end of the affected toes. Corns are a buildup of skin caused by friction at the contact point between the toe and shoe.
- Calluses on the bottom of toes or on the ball of the foot. Calluses are rough, dry patches of dead skin that has built up.
- Pain or irritation when the toes come into contact with the shoe.
Hammertoes and their symptoms generally worsen over time, as the friction between the foot and footwear becomes more severe. Over time, they can become rigid, and open sores may form.
Hammertoe correction is required when you are struggling with pain in your feet caused by one or more bent toes. This is a common problem, and one frequently treated at Advanas Foot & Ankle Specialists in Angola, IN, and Coldwater, Portage, Sturgis, and Paw Paw, MI. If you are having any problems with your feet or ankles, it's time to see a specialist who can provide lasting solutions. Hammertoes occur for a number of reasons, and our physician will come up with a treatment plan to address your specific needs.
What Occurs When You Need Hammertoe Correction?
Hammertoes can occur from the shoes you wear, injury to the toes, or be due to a problem with the muscles and ligaments within your foot. Hammertoes are easy to spot, as the toe bumps up in one or more of its joints and has difficulty flattening. Pain when you are walking or trouble wearing shoes are two reasons people choose to get hammertoe correction. Treatment can be as simple as changing the shoes you wear every day, to surgical procedures to release tightened connective tissue.
Treatment for Hammertoe Correction
One of the first things you can do when you notice you have a hammertoe is to change out the shoes you are wearing to see if they are more comfortable. If you have any calluses on your feet, use padding to protect the calluses and prevent further callus growth. Work with a podiatrist to discuss the use of orthotics in your shoes, and consider medications that will reduce inflammation to help ease the problem.
Call for Foot or Ankle Help Today
If your feet or ankles are in pain, it's time to see how Advanas Foot & Ankle Specialists can help. Our three doctors, Dr. Christopher Bussema, Dr. Kathleen Bickle, and Dr. Robert Monfore, provide treatment in our offices in Angola, IN, and Coldwater, Portage, Sturgis, and Paw Paw, MI. Call us today at 800-856-1106, and set up your initial consultation to get the treatment you need.