A hammertoe is a bending deformity of one or both joints of the little toes that is usually caused by a muscle-tendon imbalance. The abnormal bending puts pressure on the toes when wearing shoes. Hammertoes don’t go away by themselves and the condition is progressive. Therefore, the patient will need to see a Springdale foot doctor at a quality podiatry office like Ozark Foot & Ankle, PLC
Hammertoes begin as mild deformities but since it’s a progressive condition, they get worse over time. They will not go away without some type of intervention. Hammertoes cause some very unpleasant symptoms. Some of them include: pain or irritation of the affected toes while wearing shoes, inflammation, redness and a burning sensation, contracture of the toes, the formation of open sores; in severe cases; and the development of corns and calluses. In the early stages, the hammertoes are flexible and may be able to be managed with non-invasive treatments. However, if they’re left untreated, they could become very rigid and will not respond to nonsurgical treatment options. This leaves surgery as the only viable option once the condition has advanced to a certain point. When hammertoes have become more rigid and painful and an open sore has developed, surgery will most likely be necessary. Early diagnosis and treatment will decrease the odds of surgery. Patients should see a professional Springdale foot doctor a quality podiatric practice like Ozark Foot & Ankle, PLC as soon as possible in order to receive the earliest diagnosis and treatment possible. If a patient goes to a professional podiatrist or foot and ankle surgeon like ours when the condition is mild, there several nonsurgical treatment options that can be performed depending on the severity of the hammertoes and other factors. Some non surgical hammertoe treatments are: padding the corns and calluses, changing footwear, using orthotic devices, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and to reduce pain and splits and strapping-the surgeon may apply them to realign the bent toe.
If you have a hammertoe, don’t hesitate. Contact our Springdale foot doctor office right now to schedule an appointment.