Hammertoes are a common foot condition that can cause intense pain and discomfort. Like other toe deformities, hammertoes can make choosing proper footwear that fits your feet very difficult. Many times people will just end up avoiding footwear altogether because of the pain caused by hammertoes. Hammertoes can cause intense pain even when just walking or standing for long periods.
What are Hammertoes?
Hammertoes are a condition in which the toes, usually the middle three, become bent and fixed in a claw-like position. The condition can affect one or more toes and can cause pain and discomfort when wearing shoes or walking. The toes may also become callused or irritated from rubbing against the inside of shoes to the point of developing calluses or corns.
Surgery may be necessary in severe cases of hammertoes to correct the condition and alleviate pain and discomfort. The specific procedure will depend on the individual case and can include various options.
One option is the removal of bony growths that have formed on the toe. These growths, known as exostoses, can cause pain and discomfort and be removed through surgery.
Another option is straightening the toes. The procedure, known as arthroplasty, involves the realignment of the bones in the toe to correct the hammertoe deformity. This procedure can be done on one or more toes, depending on the severity of the condition.
A third option is the release of tendons or ligaments. In some cases, the tendons or ligaments in the toes may be tightened or shortened, causing the hammertoe deformity. The release of these tendons or ligaments can allow the toes to return to a more natural position.
Recovery time and the success of the surgery will vary depending on the specific procedure and the individual case. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery to help regain strength and range of motion in the toes.
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If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from hammertoes or any other foot and ankle condition, please get in touch with us to schedule an appointment. Our team of experts will work with you to determine the best course of treatment and help you find relief.
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