We treat Hammertoes non-surgically or surgically to realign crooked toes and toe deformities.
A hammertoe usually refers to any deformity of the toe. Technically speaking there are a large number of digital deformities with individual names, however in general, people tend to refer to all of them as hammertoes. These deformities occur when the toe buckles at one or more of the lesser toe joints. As a result of the toe no longer sitting in a neutral plane area of overload result- often on the toe knuckle joints or at the apex or tip of the toe. This often results in painful and unsightly calluses or corns in these areas of high pressure.
What are the Symptoms?
The toe will have moved out of alignment and buckled in any of the three planes of movement, and often in a combination of at least two. The planes are up and down, left to right and rotation. So the toe looks deformed, the joints become more prominent and buckled and a callus or corn (dead hard skin) can grow at the apex of the deformity. Corns and calluses can become not only very disfiguring but also very painful.
What can cause Hammertoe?
Generally, hammertoes are caused by an imbalance in the little muscles within the foot. Toes can be congenitally long or short which can cause buckling or retraction. Footwear is not usually the sole cause of toe deformities, but certainly can contribute to malalignment if they are constricting, tight, short, have too shallow a toe box, are too high or are too narrow. As with pretty much every medical condition there is often a strong genetic component too.
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