There are many podiatric conditions that affect the toes, which like any problem, should be treated at the earliest detection. Hammertoe is a deformity that results in toes that are bent into hammer-like shapes, which are often accompanied by calluses or corns. Hammertoe affects many people with muscle imbalances in their feet and especially those who wear restrictive shoes.
In the early stages, the toes are usually flexible and are able to be stretched to a normal straight position. Treatment during this time may include:
- Shoes with large toe boxes to allow enough room for toes to stretch
- Stretches that help to extend the toes – these can be done manually for each bent toe
- Exercises to strengthen muscles for extending and stretching toes, such as picking up small objects with the toes or placing a towel under your feet and using your toes to bunch it up
- Padding the toe area to decrease friction and help treat corns or calluses
If hammertoe goes untreated, over time the toes can become rigid and inflexible. For these conditions, or in cases where walking is not possible due to pain and discomfort, conservative measures may not be sufficient and surgery may be recommended.
There are several types of surgery that can be performed depending on the stiffness and severity of your hammertoe. Dr. Russell Samofal of Podiatry Center of New Jersey is a board-certified and experienced podiatrist who specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. No matter how complex your surgery may be, Dr. Samofal will help you every step of the way and ensure a comfortable recovery. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, located conveniently in Wayne to serve Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties, we are equipped to treat anything from nail and skin issues, sports injuries and heel pain, to helping with diabetic foot problems. If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, please call us at (973) 925-4111 or visit our website for more information!