If one of your toes bends at the middle joint and hangs like a hook, you may have a hammer toe. Experienced podiatrists Rolando Cadena, DPM, and Clair Cadena Miranda, DPM, provide prompt, effective care for hammer toes at Mesilla Valley Footcare in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Without treatment, hammer toes can cause chronic pain, corns, calluses, and many other uncomfortable symptoms. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule a hammer toe consultation.
A hammer toe causes the end of your toe to bend downward and hang. It usually develops in your second, third, or fourth toes, affecting the middle joint. Hammer toes are most often the result of an imbalance among the muscles, tendons, and ligaments supporting your toe joints.
They usually start out flexible but become more rigid over time. Without treatment, they can become painful, especially when you wear shoes.
A hammer toe is typically visibly bent at the middle joint, almost like a hammer. Other telltale signs of a hammer toe include:
The sooner you seek treatment for a hammer toe, the more likely you are to find relief from discomfort.
Hammer toes typically aren’t dangerous, but they can be for certain people. If you have diabetes, having a hammer toe increases your risk of infections and foot ulcers. A severely rigid hammer toe that’s lost all flexibility can also change your gait (walking pattern) and balance.
Many factors can increase your risk of having hammer toes, including:
You can develop a hammer toe at any age, but older adults are at an increased risk, as muscles, ligaments, and muscles lose elasticity.
Mesilla Valley Footcare has many effective options for treating hammer toes, including:
Choose shoes with a wide toe box and low heel to reduce pressure on your toes. Avoid tight or narrow shoes that can contribute to worsening hammer toes.
Custom orthotics can provide support and help distribute pressure more evenly across your feet, relieving symptoms.
These devices can help straighten your toe and relieve pressure on the affected area.
In more severe cases, surgery can help correct the deformity and restore normal toe alignment.
Call Mesilla Valley Footcare today or use the online booking tool to schedule a hammer toe consultation.