There are a variety of conditions we see on a daily basis, which can cause foot pain. However, hammertoes are a common problem we see at our office. Basically, it is a condition that is a contracture, or a flexion deformity of the toes. Usually it happens in the second, third or fourth toes of the foot. What happens is that the toe, or toes, curls up because of a bend in the middle joint of the toe. There are a few reasons this condition happens and many times because of issues with footwear. If you wear shoes that are too tight, then your toes will not be able to stick straight out, but they are pushed up against the front of your shoe. This leads to the bending of your toe, or toes, and a hammer-like or claw-like appearance. And unfortunately, even when the toes are not confined to a shoe, the toe muscles will not be able to straighten out over time.
When a patient visits our office, Dr. Blaakman will examine the feet, and will then be able to determine treatment options based on the evaluation. We can treat this condition, sometimes conservatively, with the use of padding and strapping to the area, and some digital stabilization. However, there are other times when people need some type of surgical intervention to either release a tendon or remove some of the bone associated with this condition to allow for straightening of the toe.
The success rate for hammertoes is very high. Often patients are treated in an outpatient procedure for this, and heal fairly quickly after a procedure. However, if the condition is not treated, the patient will continue to have problems in this area, continue to have difficulty with certain shoe gears, and possibly activities he or she enjoys. You can treat the symptoms by purchasing shoes with wide-spaced or wide toe-box areas, and orthotics is an option as well.
We treat this condition by helping to identify proper shoe gear, injections, and anti-inflammatory medication. Bunions are often not treatable at home with over the counter conditions or medications. People have tried some straightening apparatus to help this area, and certainly if this is comfortable for the patient and they feel this is working, this is a possibility, but it will continue to remain.
However, there are times when our patients need surgical intervention. The procedure is called a bunionectomy, and is only recommended if the condition is interfering in your day-to-day activities. What happens during this procedure is removal of the swollen tissue around the big toe joint, straightening, and realignment of the toe.
If You Are Experiencing Symptoms For Hammertoes Or Would Like More Information About This Condition, Please Contact Our Office Today.
InStride Upstate Footcare
269 North Grove
Medical Park Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29303