The foot condition that is referred to as hammertoe is also known as claw toes, retracted toes, or mallet toes. The ligaments are misaligned and can cause the second or third toe to bend downward, resembling a hammer. This ailment can develop as a result of genetics, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, patients who have bunions may be prone to developing hammertoe. This condition can cause difficulty in wearing shoes, and mild relief may be found when larger shoes are worn. Surgery is a viable option for patients to consider if they have severe hammertoe, and it is recommended that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist if you are afflicted with this ailment.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.
- Painful and/or difficult toe movement
- Joint stiffness
- Physical deformity
- Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
- Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
- Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
- Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe
If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.