Hammertoes are uncomfortable and can increase your vulnerability to injury. With locations in Kingston, New Windsor, Wappingers Falls, Hudson, Red Hook, Margaretville, and West Coxsackie, New York, the board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons at Hudson Valley Foot Associates offer the latest treatments for hammertoes. Nonsurgical and surgical treatments are available at the location nearest you. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
A hammertoe is a bend in the middle of the second, third, or fourth toe. It’s most common in the second toe. Hammertoes develop due to an imbalance among the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the toe. A hammertoe can feel uncomfortable, as it causes the muscles to tighten and keep your toe bent in one position.
Hammertoes also raise your risk of injury. The affected toe may become trapped beneath your foot if you move at an awkward angle. Treating your hammertoe early may improve your recovery outcomes.
Hammertoes typically cause physical deformities. If you have a hammertoe, the affected toe appears bent at the middle joint. Other common signs of hammertoes include:
As the hammertoe worsens, it may begin impacting your mobility. Seeking treatment can reduce your discomfort and improve your ability to walk.
While a muscle and tissue imbalance in the toe causes a hammertoe, wearing high-heels or narrow-fitting shoes can increase your risk of developing one. Direct injury to the toe may also cause a hammertoe.
Common risk factors for hammertoes include:
Chronic diseases that affect the feet, such as diabetes and arthritis, may also heighten your risk of having a hammertoe.
Hudson Valley Foot Associates offers nonsurgical management and surgical intervention to treat hammertoes. If a hammertoe is affecting your quality of life, your doctor may recommend:
Hammertoe surgery is sometimes necessary to restore muscle function in the toe. Your doctor may recommend tendon lengthening surgery, tendon transfer, or joint fusion to repair the damage. Corn and calluses removal is another procedure your doctor can perform to treat the symptoms of a hammertoe.
To learn more about hammertoes, call Hudson Valley Foot Associates or schedule an appointment online today.