Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute

Podiatrists & Foot Surgeons located in Clinton Township, Chesterfield, Fort Gratiot, East China Township, Shelby Township, Rochester & Macomb, MI

Hammertoes can lead to lingering toe discomfort and even painful corns. If you have a hammertoe, visit the skilled podiatrists at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute. The team offers comprehensive hammertoe treatments to help you find relief from pain. Book your visit online or over the phone with your nearest office.


Hammertoe Q & A

What causes a hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a deformity that usually affects your second, third, or fourth toes. It’s caused by an imbalance in muscles and connective tissues. If you regularly wear tight shoes with little wiggle room in the toes, for instance, your smaller toes get scrunched up in the toe box.

Over time, your toe starts to stay in that scrunched position permanently, since your muscles and connective tissues tense up and are no longer able to stretch out. But improper footwear isn’t the only thing to blame when it comes to hammertoes. Your risk of developing a hammertoe also increases due to:

  • Arthritis
  • Toe injury
  • Foot deformities, including bunions

Before your hammertoe progresses and starts causing chronic foot pain, have it thoroughly evaluated and treated.

A hammertoe can be flexible or rigid. If it’s still flexible, you can physically straighten it out on your own. But if you don’t have it treated during the flexible stage, your toe joint eventually changes shape and your toe becomes rigid.

Depending on the severity of your hammertoe deformity, and whether it’s flexible or rigid, your hammertoe can lead to:

  • Toe joint pain
  • Chronic foot discomfort
  • Painful corns
  • Limited toe movement

The specially trained podiatrists at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute offer plenty of hammertoe treatment solutions, so you can restore your normal toe alignment and resolve discomfort.

Most conservative non-surgical hammertoe therapies can provide effective relief. Your hammertoe treatment plan from Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Specialized stretches
  • Change in footwear
  • Custom supportive orthotics
  • Padding, taping, or splinting

Occasionally, surgery is the ideal solution for permanently correcting a hammertoe and relieving chronic hammertoe issues. The foot and ankle surgeons at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute use minimally invasive techniques to release rigid tissues and realign your toe joint, so you won’t have to live another day with hammertoe discomfort.

Start your hammertoe treatment at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute by booking a consultation today. Click on the online scheduler or call your nearest office to book.