Hammertoe is an interesting affliction of the foot that causes the joints in the toes to become abnormal. As a result, the affected toe may look contorted and strange. More specifically, a hammertoe develops when the toe essentially bends in a hammer-like position, jutting up at a particular joint in the toe. Many patients with hammertoe often wonder which one of their toes is susceptible to developing hammertoe. The answer is simply that any toe could potentially be affected by hammertoe. However, certain toes are more likely to be impacted by it. For example, hammertoe is more likely to affect the three middle toes of the foot. It is also possible that only one middle toe will be affected. If you are struggling with hammertoe, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.
- Pain in the affected toes
- Development of corns or calluses due to friction
- Contracture of the toes
Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible
Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur
Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe
Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe
Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it
Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used
Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option
If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.