Hammertoe is a common toe condition where there is bending in any of the little toes causing a claw-like position of the toe. The abnormal bending can cause pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop such as pain, corns, and calluses. The hammertoe can cause pain even without corns or calluses because the joint of the toe is dislocated.
If the hammertoe is diagnosed in the early stages, it can be corrected with simple conservative measures. If left untreated, the toe can become repairable only by surgery.
Hammertoes will not go away by themselves. The condition will only get worse with time. Your treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.
Signs that may indicate the early signs of Hammertoe:
• Difficulty or painful motion of a toe joint which is further irritated by wearing shoes.
• Redness or swelling at a toe joint.
• Corns and calluses developing caused by constant friction against the shoe.
Symptoms may be reduced with a simple modification of footwear or other non-surgical treatments, such as padding to shield corns and calluses, trimming the corns or calluses or orthotic inserts for your shoes.
Make an appointment today with Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist to take the hammer out of your toe! Call us at 901-309-7700 or request an appointment online.