If you have a toe that looks like an upside down “v” when viewed from the side, you most likely have a hammertoe. At Ozark Foot & Ankle, PLC, our expert podiatrist and surgeon, Dr. James J. Brantley, can provide you with complete Fayetteville foot care, including treatment for hammertoes.
When a person has a hammertoe, it means that they have a dislocation of a joint in any one of their toes, and that they need Fayetteville foot care at our office. The term hammertoe, comes from the fact that the toe will bend over and look like a claw or like the hammer of a piano. The hammertoe will constantly rub against the top of the shoe, and a corn and irritation will usually develop from the pressure that the shoe places on the hammertoe. A predisposition to developing hammertoes can be inherited. When a person has a flexible hammertoe, it means that the hammertoe can still be straightened out. However, usually, most hammertoes will become rigid if they are not treated. The toe will progress from a flexible to a rigid hammertoe and begin to cause greater inflammation and irritation. Our podiatrist will be able to meet with you to determine exactly what type of treatment is needed for your hammertoe. Sometimes our foot doctor will prescribe custom orthotics to keep the hammertoe from worsening. The orthotics will address any walking gait abnormalities that can be contributing to the development of the hammertoe. If the hammertoe has become rigid, you will need to have a small surgical procedure that is performed while you are under local anesthesia. During this procedure the part of the bone that is causing the hammertoe will be removed.
For an appointment to see our podiatrist for expert Fayetteville foot care for your hammertoe or any other foot problem, simply contact our office today.