Hammertoe is easy to notice. It is a foot condition that causes the second or third toe to bend up at the middle joint and may be caused by shoes that are the incorrect size. This is a common condition among people who wear high heels or tight shoes, and in severe cases, it may be difficult to walk. Many people develop corns on top of the hammertoes, caused by the toes constantly rubbing against the top of the shoe. In mild cases, some stretches can gradually straighten the toes. This can be coupled with wearing protective pads on top of the toes, which may help reduce friction. Some people choose to wear orthotics, which may help realign the foot. If you have developed hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. 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 our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.