When the middle joint of your toe becomes stuck in the bent or flexed position, hammertoe is the result. At Tower Podiatry, we’re pleased to have solutions for this condition that are effective.
There are two types of hammertoe. If it’s flexible, that means there is a bit of movement still left available in the joint. With rigid hammertoe, as the name suggests, there is no movement at all. The reasons why you get a hammertoe can range from heredity to the complications of arthritis or as a side-effect of a bunion. Ultimately, though, too much pressure is put on the joint, and that results in it becoming stuck. Being diabetic, either type 1 or type 2, can create greater risks for hammertoe. In addition to direct treatment, there are some lifestyle adjustments our podiatrist in Central Park South recommends to avoid recurrences of hammertoe. Avoid heels that are more than two inches in height, and wear shoes that are roomier across the toe area. There should be a minimum of a half inch between your longest toe and the tip of the shoe. When you come in to see our podiatrist in Central Park South, you will be examined and an assessment will be made of your hammertoe. For flexible ones, orthotics (shoe inserts) are often sufficient to produce relief. Stretching exercises and physical therapy are also effective. You should also massage the toe gently, which helps in reducing pain, and apply ice packs liberally. For rigid hammertoe, surgery is nearly always required, as well as for some particularly stubborn flexible ones.
Let our podiatrist in Central Park South determine the best treatment protocol for your unique circumstances. Contact our office today and let us schedule you for an appointment to come in for an examination. Don’t suffer with the pain and frustration of hammertoe any longer than necessary.