Hammertoe: Symptoms and Treatment
Hammertoe is a common podiatric issue characterized by the bending of one or both joints in any toe except the big toe. This condition often leads to shoe discomfort, which can further aggravate the problem. If you’re dealing with hammertoes, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:
1. Corns between the toes or on the top, sides, or tips of the toes. Corns result from skin friction where the toe meets the shoe.
2. Calluses on the undersides of the toes or on the ball of the foot. Calluses are rough, thick patches of dead skin that accumulate.
3. Pain or irritation when your toes make contact with your shoes.
Hammertoes and their associated symptoms tend to worsen over time, as the friction between your foot and footwear intensifies. If left untreated, hammertoes can become rigid, and open sores may develop. Seeking help sooner rather than later is crucial because hammertoes do not improve on their own.
Treatment options include:
– Changing footwear to reduce pressure.
– Padding the corns and calluses that form.
– Trimming the corns and calluses.
– Custom orthotic footwear or devices.
– Anti-inflammatory medications.
– Splinting the affected toe.
– Surgery in severe cases.
Don’t delay; contact us today to discuss your hammertoe problem, and we’ll begin exploring suitable treatment options without delay.