Hammertoes can leave an impression, but not a good one. They tend to form deformities in toes that can cause lasting effects. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can help to treat your hammertoes at any one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
Hammertoes involve joint changes in the toes because of an unusual arrangement of toe muscles which causes increasing pressures on the tendons and joints. This condition can be caused by genetics, severe traumas, arthritis and narrow footwear, causing toes to be squashed together. There are two types of hammertoes, flexible and rigid.
Symptoms of this condition include:
- Pain, especially at the joint where the toe bends.
- Redness and inflammation.
- Restricted mobility due to pain when moving the toe’s joint.
Preventative measures include:
- Utilizing shoes with supportive qualities that have wide toe boxes allowing for less friction.
- Wearing custom created orthotics that can slow the onset of this condition and improve the function of the foot, padding around the toe to lower friction forces.
- Using tape to balance the toes muscles.
- Using of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
When the above methods are not successful in controlling this condition, surgery may be required to reduce pain. Surgical procedures involve the removal of the bony growth to align the toe joint, freeing a short tendon, transferring tendons and implanting pins to place the toe in its correct location. The purpose of performing these procedures is to lessen discomfort and to return the foot to its proper mobility. Function is the main point of surgery as the appearance of the toe takes a back seat to movement capabilities. Although most surgeries are successful, there are still risks, which can include nerve damage, infections or increased rigidity.
Due to the complications that this condition can cause, it is imperative you contact us at your earliest convenience to ensure your toes stay mobile and on the go!