Bunions and hammertoes are similar, but distinct, foot deformities that can be very painful and can hurt your confidence when wearing open-toed shoes or going barefoot. The temperatures are rising every week here in Houston, Texas, so you’ll want to be sure to have your bunions and hammertoes taken care of before summer is in full swing. In this blog, we’ll talk about the similarities and differences between bunions and hammertoes and go over treatment options available for each at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston.
Bunions v. Hammertoes
As stated above, bunions and hammertoes are foot conditions that create a misshapen appearance in one’s toes. Before covering treatments, let’s go over the specific indicators of each condition.
Identifiable as a bump coming off the big toe joint
Often caused by ill-fitting shoes or insufficient arch support
May cause additional friction between toes that could result in the development of corns and calluses
Identifiable by crooked joints that are difficult to move and is caused by imbalanced tendons surrounding the toes
Most commonly affects the four smaller toes
Will become more severe if left untreated
As with most foot injuries, we strive to treat both bunions and hammertoes using conservative methods first. Since each condition can be caused by cramping toes inside of shoes that don’t fit properly, your foot doctor may first prescribe custom orthotics to relieve the pain in your day-to-day life.
In more advanced cases of bunions and hammertoes, surgery will be required to fully resolve each condition. Despite similarities in their conservative treatments, bunions and hammertoes require different types of surgery. Bunion surgeries are extremely common, but they do require some time to recuperate before resuming normal activities. Hammertoe operations are more involved and there are several different types, some of which include:
Joint resection surgery
Toe relocation surgery
No matter what, you can treat your bunions or hammertoes without first visiting your local podiatrist. If you’re located in the North Houston area, including Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston, then come see one of your board-certified podiatrists today. Make an appointment online or call at (281) 444-4114.