Hammertoe is a deformity of the foot caused by an issue with the muscles, tendons, and ligaments designed to hold the toes straight. This condition causes an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe, usually affecting the second, third, and fourth toes. Left untreated, the condition can lead to a range of complications. As such, there are various benefits of hammertoe correction.
What Causes Hammertoe?
This condition can be caused by certain types of shoes, particularly high heels with a narrow toe box that does not allow toes to lie flat. After lengthy wear, the toes may not return to their normal position even after the shoes are removed. If you’ve stubbed or broken your toe, that digit is more susceptible to developing a deformity like hammertoe. The risk for this condition also increases with age and is more common among women, those who have a second toe longer than their big toe, and those with diabetes or arthritis.
Complications of Hammertoe
The deformity caused by hammertoe can cause foot pain, interfering with mobility in severe cases. Corns and calluses can also develop if the bent joint causes the toe to rub against the inside of the shoe or against another toe.
Treatment for Hammertoe
In mild cases of hammertoe, the deformity can sometimes be corrected with minor surgery. In some cases, physical therapy exercises can help build strength in the muscles, correcting the issue. However, hammertoe correction surgery can ensure that the problem subsides. The type of procedure depends on the severity and type of deformity you’re experiencing. The result is a normal-looking toe, restored function, and the alleviation of discomfort, leading to a better overall quality of life.
Healing from Surgery
After hammertoe correction, you’ll likely need to keep your foot elevated for a few weeks and wear a special shoe to facilitate healing. However, the healing will depend on the type of hammertoe correction surgery that was performed. Crutches or a walker may be required. Following our doctor’s instructions post-surgery can help to achieve the desired result.
Learn More About Your Treatment Options
You don’t have to grin and bear your hammertoe. You deserve to look and feel your very best. Make an appointment at Institute Beauté in New York City so that you can talk to Dr. Levine about your condition and ways in which it can be treated.