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What Are the Signs of Hammertoe?

Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00

Hammertoe is a common foot deformity in which one or more toes bend upwards at the middle joint, with the ends of the toes pointing downwards. This creates the characteristic claw or hammer shape associated with this condition. Hammertoe often causes stiffness, rigidity, or reduced flexibility in the affected toe joints. It is also associated with pain and the formation of corns at the top of the affected toes due to shoes rubbing against the toes, pain at the base of the toes, and redness and swelling in the affected area. Hammertoe tends to worsen over time if left untreated. If you have hammertoe, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Randy Garr from Utah. 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.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

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

Treatment

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 one of our offices located in Provo and Spanish Fork, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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