About Hammer Toes
What is it and what are my treatment options?
Hammer Toe Overview
Hammer toe occurs when a toe curls down instead of pointing straight. Hammer toe symptoms make walking difficult and make it impossible to wear certain shoe types. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) foot and ankle specialist should be made as soon as symptoms present.
Symptoms & Causes
Hammer toe symptoms include:
- A visibility deformity
- A corn or callus
Hammer toe causes include:
- High heels
- Tight shoes
- Toe injuries (break, jam, stub)
Nonsurgical treatment options treat most hammer toes. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA foot and ankle specialist may recommend:
- Shoe changes
- Shoe inserts
- Stretching exercises
Surgery may be recommended to treat hammer toes that do not respond to nonsurgical treatment. A CONA foot and ankle specialist carefully releases the tendon to straighten the toe.
Make an Appointment
with A Foot & Ankle Specialist
Please make an appointment with a CONA foot and ankle specialist if you have a hammer toe and would like a treatment solution.
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