Hammertoe occurs when your toe bends abnormally at one or both of its joints. This condition can occur in any toe except the big toe. Although hammertoe is common, it’s also painful and inconvenient. In addition, it can cause other problems with the feet, including:
The most common causes of this condition include:
Dr. Genkin can usually diagnose hammertoe simply by looking at your toes and asking questions about your symptoms. However, before treating your condition, he will also take the time to learn about your medical history and lifestyle so he can identify any factors that may have contributed to the problem.
If you have hammertoe, you may benefit from:
In cases where hammertoe is severe or doesn’t respond to less invasive treatments, Dr. Genkin may recommend surgery. The purpose of hammertoe surgery is to release the tendon that prevents your toe from lying flat.
In addition to treating your hammertoe, Dr. Genkin will also help you understand why the condition developed and suggest changes you can make to prevent similar problems in the future.
If you don’t get the treatment you need for hammertoe, your symptoms will continue to get worse. Eventually, your toes may become rigid, and you may even develop open sores in the area. To prevent these complications, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
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