A hammertoe is a significantly unsightly affliction of the foot that can develop when the joint of a toe points upward at the middle of a toe. The toe can end up looking like a kind of hammer, which is why the condition is called hammertoe. One important thing to note about the condition of hammertoe is that it can be especially influenced by the kind of shoes that someone wears. For example, when someone wears high-heeled shoes, their toes can become pressed up against the tip of the shoe, essentially squishing the toes in the toe box. This does not bode well for the development of hammertoe. Also, other kinds of shoes simply do not fit correctly, perhaps because they are too tight and can ultimately squish the toes in the toe box. In this way, tight shoes and high heeled shoes might lead to conditions like hammertoe. Reach out to a podiatrist today for more information.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Center of Idaho . Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.
- Pain in the affected toes
- Development of corns or calluses due to friction
- Contracture of the toes
Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible
Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur
Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe
Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe
Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it
Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used
Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option
If you have any questions please contact our office located in Boise, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.