Often times, patients present to the office with a painful callous or corn on their toe. Patients may complain of pain when wearing closed toed shoes or during gym activities. Most of the time, the underlying cause is due to a hammered toe.
A hammertoe is an abnormal bending at one or both joints of the toe. This bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing closed toed shoes, leading to a callous. Other problems, like a wound, may occur.
The most common cause of a hammertoe is muscle imbalance. Hammertoes are aggravated with improper shoe gear such as tight shoes.
Conservative treatment for hammertoes include padding callouses, changes in shoegear, or orthotics. When a hammertoe is painful or has developed a wound, surgical management may be necessary.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment if you think you have hammertoes. We are happy to help you with any of your foot or ankle needs.