Treatment for Hammertoes

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Many people have hammertoe, or an abnormal bend in one or more of the lesser toes. Hammertoe usually develops gradually over time, often the result of tight or poorly-fit shoes. In addition to causing a visible deformity, hammertoe can also lead to chronic pain and discomfort, as well as corns, calluses and tendon damage. Treatments for hammertoe are available in Hawaii, though the extent of treatment depends largely on how quickly a person seeks medical attention for the condition.

Did you know…

that hammertoe is most frequently diagnosed in women with a second toe that is longer than the big toe? It is the most prevalent of all deformities affecting the lesser toes, which include all toes but the big toe. Each of these toes has two interphalangeal joints that are prone to damage with prolonged or excessive pressure caused by trauma or crowding.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is at risk for developing hammertoe?

Anyone can get hammertoe, though women are more prone to the condition than men. This is because women are more likely to wear shoes with small or irregularly shaped toe boxes, such as boots and high-heels. The chances of developing hammertoe also increase with age, underscoring the importance of proper footwear over time.

How do I know if I have hammertoe?

A person with hammertoe will notice a slight or obvious bend in one or more of the toe joints. Sometimes, the condition will cause skin irritation or calluses. In moderate to severe cases, a person may experience pain when walking or standing. Anyone in Hawaii who notices the signs of hammertoe should make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist for an exam.

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How will a Hawaii foot and ankle specialist treat hammertoe?

Your foot and ankle specialist will make a recommendation for treatment based on the extent of your condition. For people with affected toes that retain flexibility, treatment may be minimal and include the use of foot orthotics or a different type of shoe. In patients with more advanced hammertoe, treatments may be more extensive and in some cases require surgery.

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