Hammer Toe refers to a condition in which the second, third, or fourth toe becomes unnaturally bent downwards. Hammer Toes are often treatable with conservative methods, but may become more serious and require surgery if ignored. Kesler Podiatry offers quality and effective hammer toes treatment to patients in Hawthorne as well as Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, NJ, Wyckoff, Fair Lawn, Midland Park, North Haledon, West Caldwell, and Paterson.
Symptoms of Hammer Toes
The clearest symptom is observing the toes curling downwards. This may not require treatment as long as no pain is present, but hammer toes can cause pain when wearing shoes, corns on the tops of the toes, swollen toe joints, pain at the ball of the foot under the bent toe, and difficulty moving the toe joint. Even if no pain is present, make an appointment as soon as you suspect you have a hammer toe because conservative treatment is more effective when begun as early as possible.
Treating Hammer Toe Without Surgery
Conservative treatment for hammer toes includes wearing shoes with a wide toe-box (at least half an inch of space between your longest toe and the edge of the shoe), avoiding high heels, ice, gentle massage, exercises to restore muscle balance, anti-inflammatory medication, splinting, or hammertoe pads to reduce pressure. Sometimes, a cortisone injection is prescribed to reduce swelling and pain. Custom orthotics can also be effective.
Hammer Toe Surgery
If conservative treatment options do not reduce your symptoms, hammer toe surgery is an option. There are a variety of surgeries to treat hammertoe – the simplest method is to remove a small piece of bone at the joint and re-align the toe bone, but more severe hammertoes might require a more complex solution. We offer surgical and non-surgical treatment options to our friends and neighbors in in Hawthorne, Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Franklin Lakes, Oakland, NJ, Wyckoff, Fair Lawn, Midland Park, North Haledon, West Caldwell, and Paterson.