A hammertoe occurs when a toe bends or buckles at the middle joint. A pressure corn (hard skin build-up) will often form from the top of the bent toe rubbing against the top of your shoes or against an adjacent toe. Over time, with enough irritation, a bump on the toe or bone spur can develop around the toe joint. The pressure corn that forms can become quite painful, red, swollen and occasionally becomes infected.
There are many things that can cause a hammertoe. This includes a toe that is longer than the adjacent toes, high arches causing you to hit harder and the toes to bend, low arches that can cause the toes to spread and bend or hereditary predisposition. Also certain shoes can pull toes into a contracted or hammered position, such as high heels or ones that are too short, too narrow or not deep enough in the toe area.
In some cases, getting rid of the painful corn can be as simple as staying away from certain tight or narrow shoes or wearing shoes that have more room in the toe area. Besides a change in shoe style, there are many conservative options for treating a hammertoe. These may include wearing a gel toe protector, toe straightener, trimming off a pressure corn, applying a corn remover or even prescription foot orthotics to realign your feet.
Unfortunately, for many this is only a temporary solution for the problem. A permanent solution for hammertoes often requires a hammertoe procedure to surgically straightening the bent toe or toes. For those who are not able to have surgical correction of their hammertoes because of health concerns such as poor circulation, there are many products available at the Westwood Foot Clinic to protect a hammertoe from getting irritated or to hold the toe in a straighter position. We also have a full line of special stretchy and double depth shoes.
When correction of your hammertoe is necessary, this can often be performed right at the Westwood Foot Clinic, without the need for an expensive hospital or surgery center stay. Also, most are able to wear their regular shoes right afterwards.
If you or someone you care about has a painful hammertoe that doesn’t get better with basic home care, then it’s time to see Dr. Silver at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN. He can determine the best treatment options and discuss these with you. For an appointment with Dr. Silver click here or call (763) 231-2341 now. Same & next day appointments are often available.