Hammer Toes and Mallet Toes
A hammer toe is a deformity of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the second, third, or fourth toe causing it to be permanently bent, resembling a hammer. Mallet toe is a similar condition affecting the upper joint.
Hammer toe most frequently results from wearing poorly-fit shoes that can force the toe into a bent position, such as excessively high heels or shoes that are too short or narrow for the foot. Having the toes bent for long periods of time can cause the muscles in them to shorten, resulting in the hammer toe deformity. This is often found in conjunction with bunions or other foot problems. It can also be caused by muscle, nerve, or joint damage resulting from conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease or diabetes.
Treating Hammer and Mallet Toes
Dr. Fosdick can prescribe shoes and orthotic appliances to ease the toes into their proper shape as well as physical therapy to lengthen and strengthen toe muscles so that your toes will lie correctly. The doctor can also operate on the more extreme cases to provide you with the relief you need to correct the deformity.
If you suspect that you may be developing hammer toes or mallet toe, please make an appointment before you require surgical corrective action.
Your feet should be pain free.
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