Having a hammertoe not only causes foot pain, it can make you feel self-conscious about your feet. Once you visit with board-certified podiatrist Daniel Bell, DPM, PA, he’ll help you determine the best course of treatment for your condition. His practice of Daniel Bell DPM Foot and Ankle Institute in Plantation and Pembroke Pines, Florida, provides flexible scheduling, even if you’re a new patient. Book your appointment online, or call Dr. Bell’s team to discuss your hammertoe concerns. They’ll schedule you to be seen right away.
If your toe is permanently buckled or bent, you have a hammertoe. Hammertoes occur when you have an imbalance in a muscle or ligament around a toe joint. This causes the middle of your toe joint to bend upward, permanently. Baby toes are the most common offenders, although your middle three toes are also likely to get into the “stuck” position.
Living with hammertoes might be as simple as your genetics. If you have family members with hammertoes, you’ll probably have them, too. Some men and women are just prone to getting bunions, corns, or calluses, which cause friction. These foot issues can eventually lead to a hammertoe if left untreated.
It’s common for women to get hammertoes, just because you may be more inclined to wear heels or snug-fitting shoes on a regular basis. Tight shoes that provide little wiggle room in the toes can eventually cause your toes to bend and get stuck for good.
For certain populations, yes. One of the biggest issues with hammertoes is that you get open wounds and blisters on the top of your toes after they rub against your shoes. Although painful, this isn’t generally a health concern.
The big issue with a hammertoe is that it can inhibit blood flow circulation. If you’re generally healthy, this probably isn’t a big issue. But if you are diabetic or have known circulation problems, hammertoes pose a big concern because you have a higher risk of developing foot ulcers and infections. If these conditions apply to you, let Dr. Bell know during your visit.
Not necessarily. Dr. Bell often tries non-surgical options before anything else. These can include:
If you have a health condition that requires Dr. Bell to fix your hammertoe, or if it causes severe pain, you might need surgery. During surgery, Dr. Bell corrects the deformity in your toe, removes injured bone or soft tissue, realigns your tendons, and repositions your toe into its ideal spot.