Hammertoe occurs when the joints of the middle toes get stuck in a bent position that makes the toes take on a hammer-like appearance. This condition can cause pain and the formation of calluses on the top of the toe, which can make treatment more challenging. Many at-home remedies can curb the symptoms of hammertoe, but often, the pain makes many sufferers seek out professional treatment.
At Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, our goal is to help our patients get back on their feet without pain. Our experts have experience in all kinds of common podiatry concerns, including hammertoe, claw toe and mallet toe concerns.
When you have a hammertoe, your joints are unable to lie flat. The middle joint of your toe becomes raised due to abnormal pulling of foot muscles and tendons. Hammertoes are similar to claw toes, which occur in the first joint of toes, and mallet toes, which affect the third joint.
Hammertoes have three stages of development:
When your hammertoe reaches semirigid or rigid status, you may need professional treatments like surgery or custom orthopedic devices. It’s best to see a hammertoe doctor as soon as you notice symptoms. Common signs of a hammertoe include:
In short, hammertoes form when the muscles in a toe become unbalanced, with one muscle doing the work of the others. A few factors can cause this kind of muscle imbalance:
The experts at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates are here to help you feel better. When hammertoe gets in your way, give us a call at 360-754-3338. In many cases, we can fit you in for a same-day or next-day appointment. Our practices also accept all forms of insurance. Call today!