Hammer Toe

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

Hammertoe is a progressive foot deformity that causes abnormal contracture of the toes. If you notice symptoms of hammertoe, schedule a visit with the foot health experts at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas. Led by Mojgan Tavakoli, DPM, FACFAS, ABPM, and Horst Knapp, DPM, FACFAS, the practice offers some of the latest techniques and technologies to achieve the best outcome for each patient. To speak with a podiatrist about your condition, call or book online today.

Hammer Toe Q & A

What are the symptoms of hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a condition that causes your toes to take on an abnormal shape, bending at one or both of the joints in the smaller toes. The abnormal contracture caused by hammertoe can make it difficult to wear shoes without pain and discomfort.

Constant friction against your shoe can result in a number of symptoms, including:

  • Inflammation
  • Burning pain
  • Redness
  • Corns and calluses

Hammertoe is a progressive condition that tends to get worse over time. In the early stages of hammertoe, your affected toe contracts but remains flexible. As the condition progresses, your toe becomes more rigid and painful.

If you notice symptoms of hammertoe, it's important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Early detection increases your chances of successful nonsurgical treatment. 

What causes hammertoe?

Hammertoe is caused by an imbalance between the tendons on the top and bottom of the toe. Several factors can contribute to this imbalance, including wearing tight-fitting shoes or previous toe injuries. You may be more prone to developing hammertoe because of an inherited foot type. 

How is hammertoe treated?

How your hammertoe is treated depends on the severity of your condition. Before your doctor recommends treatment, they perform a physical exam and discuss your symptoms. Your doctor may also conduct imaging tests, like an X-ray, to fully evaluate your condition. 

If your hammertoe is still flexible and in the early stages, your doctor may recommend conservative treatments, including:

  • Orthotics
  • Padding
  • Footwear changes
  • Therapeutic exercises

Conservative treatments like functional orthotics help slow down the progression of your hammertoe. In some cases, treating flexible hammertoe with orthotics helps the affected toes straighten and correct themselves.

If your condition is more advanced, you may need surgery to effectively correct your hammertoe. 

What if I need surgery?

Your doctor may recommend surgery if your hammertoe is rigid or causes significant pain. Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano offers procedures that correct hammertoe effectively and safely. Your surgery may involve releasing tight tendons or removing parts of your bone or joints.

Your doctor works with you to determine the right surgery for your condition. To speak with a podiatrist about your treatment options, call Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano or book online today.