Don’t let embarrassing hammertoes keep you from wearing sandals this summer. For some people the thought of wearing sandals is terrifying because of their hammertoes, they won’t even consider wearing sandals. If you have noticed that your toes bend down, you may have a hammertoe too. This type of problem can be fixed so that you can be wearing those strappy sandals before you know it.
What is a Hammertoe?
A hammertoe is a bend in the 1st joint of your toe. If you look at the toe from the side, it looks like an upside down V.
How do you get a Hammertoe?
You get hammertoes when your muscles aren’t balanced, this causes strained tendons. You can also have this problem from trauma, from wearing shoes that are too tight, or even if it runs in your family,
What are the types of Hammertoes?
There are 2 types of hammertoes; flexible and rigid:
Flexible: In a flexible hammertoe, there is still movement at the joint where your toe is contracted. This type is less serious, and is easier to treat.
Rigid: A rigid hammertoe can be seen in chronic conditions such as arthritis or in people who have waited too long to get treatment for a flexible hammertoe. This type is more serious, and the treatment is more complicated.
What are the symptoms of a Hammertoe?
- Decreased or painful motion at the joint that is contracted
- Pain in the ball of your foot at the base of the contracted toe
- Redness and swelling around the affected joint
- The formation of corns or calluses at the top of the joint
- Pain with pressure from footgear
How will a podiatrist treat my Hammertoe?
There are many ways to treat a hammertoe, so it is important to visit Dr. Schlam at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists as soon as you notice any contracture or pain. Treatment may include:
- Padding or taping
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid injections
- Custom made orthotic shoe inserts
Your feet shouldn’t hurt! Get help for your hammertoes!
Don’t put off getting help for your hammertoes. Schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schlam at Hollowbrook Foot Specialists in Wappingers Falls, NY today by calling (845) 298 – 9074 or by clicking here.