Hammertoes Treatment in Miami
Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery. People with hammertoes may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.
Causes of hammertoe include improperly fitting shoes and muscle imbalance.
Conservative treatment for hammertoes typically involves shoes with soft, roomy toe boxes and toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. Commercially available straps, cushions, or non-medicated corn pads may also relieve symptoms.
If these conventional treatments do not alleviate the pressure and the toes manage to become too stiff and painful to move, surgery may be a viable option. One option involves an incision made in the toe to manually release the affected tendon and straighten the toe. This is often used when there is some still flexibility left in the toe. If the toe is too stiff and rigid, pieces of bone may be removed, and pins may be used to temporarily stabilize the toe.
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