Hammer Toes

If a hammertoe is negatively impacting your walk and foot functioning, the providers at Gardner Orthopedics have solutions. In Fort Myers, Florida, the orthopedic specialists are experts in treating hammertoe and spend time determining the treatments that work best for you. From surgery to orthotics and methods to reduce inflammation, Gardner Orthopedics are here to help. Book your consultation here on the web or call today.

Hammertoes Q & A

A hammertoe is a deformity that appears on the second, third, or fourth toes. The toe becomes bent or curved at the middle joint and looks somewhat like a hammer. If hammertoe isn’t adequately treated, it can become immobile.

Hammertoe increases your likelihood of getting calluses or corns since your distorted toe can prevent your shoes from fitting correctly. Hammertoe can be painful and affect your walking.

There are various possible causes of hammertoe, such as tight-fitting footwear that compresses your toes, high-heeled shoes, or trauma or injury where your toe gets fractured or broken.

Hammertoe can also be caused by an imbalance of the toe muscles that leads to muscle constriction and instability.

Certain factors heighten your risk of developing hammertoe, including:

  • Aging
  • Being female
  • Natural foot structure
  • Certain diseases and conditions like diabetes and arthritis

If your second toe is longer than your big toe, this is also a risk factor for hammertoe.

To diagnose your hammertoe, your provider usually performs a physical examination and X-rays to evaluate your bones further.

An array of treatments may be recommended for your hammertoe, such as:

  • Orthotics (aperture pads, inner soles, and other accommodative foot products to improve comfort)
  • Specialized exercises to disperse inflammation and strengthen the toe muscles
  • Medications to relieve any pain or inflammation
  • Surgery to correct bone structure and restricted tendons

It’s best to choose comfortable shoes and make sure you get plenty of rest. Multiple treatments tend to work best when used together as part of a personalized treatment plan. The severity of hammertoe varies. For more severe cases, surgery can be a valuable solution.

Hammertoe surgery

Surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Your provider makes a small incision on the top of your joint and carefully removes the excess bone from your toe. Your provider might also release the tendon that’s preventing your toe from lying flat. If necessary, screws can be placed to stabilize and permanently maintain the surgical correction.

The recovery from a hammertoe surgery usually takes around two to four months, and you can use a surgical shoe or a specialized assistive device to help you walk around while you heal.

To find out more about available options for hammertoe, call Gardner Orthopedics or schedule online today.


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