Hammertoes, much like bunions, are a deformity caused by an instability in the joints of the toes.
While it is easier to manage and treat hammertoes the earlier that they are discovered, much can still be done for cases that are advanced or have been present for many years – and that often includes non-surgical treatments!
There is no good reason to delay providing hammertoes the treatment they need. In fact, the condition will never improve on its own, and will only tend to become progressively worse without intervention.
How to Treat Hammertoes
Non-surgical options for treating and managing hammertoe symptoms are often preferable. If we can effectively address your symptoms and either greatly slow or stop the progression of the deformity, that frequently counts as a win.
Non-surgical treatments for hammertoes can include:
- Changing to more accommodating and supportive footwear.
- The use of custom orthotics to shift excess pressure away from the front of the feet.
- Padding to protect from corns, blisters, or sores caused by friction.
- The use of toe spacers, separators, or taping to keep a hammertoe in a less obtrusive position (if the hammertoe is still flexible).
- Stretches and exercises to help condition muscles and tendons, as well as maintain or improve flexibility in the joint.
In some cases, conservative treatments will not be enough to provide the relief we need. Surgery may then need to be considered.
Recommended surgical procedures for hammertoes will greatly depend on various factors, including the severity of the condition and a patient’s medical history, and their specific needs.
In every case, we will fully discuss all treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have. We want to ensure you have all the information you need before choosing how you wish to move forward with your care.
Do Not Wait for A Hammertoe to Get Worse
If there’s one thing to remember about hammertoe treatment, it’s this: The sooner you seek help, the better your chances are of avoiding or at least delaying the need for surgery. You will also likely save yourself much more pain and trouble in the future.
Schedule an appointment with Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates by calling our Commerce Township office or by filling out our online contact form. We’ll always be happy to help you and your family overcome the foot and ankle issues that may be holding you back.