About Hammer ToeA hammer toe is a termed used to classify a deformity of the toe, which occurs when your toe begins to curl downward. Over time, the tendons and muscles in your toe will shorten and tighten, making your hammertoe appearance permanent. Although it is most commonly seen in the second toe, any toe can be affected. Luckily, miVIP has several treatment options to relieve any pain associated with your hammer toe condition.
Since hammer toes are mainly caused by wearing inappropriate foot wear, such as high heels and clogs, women are primarily affected. Children can also develop the condition if they are forced to wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
Causes of Hammer ToeThere are several causes of hammer toe, including the following:
- Heredity: Those who are born with a congenital defect may end up having hammer toe from birth.
- Nerve Disorders: Individuals who have been diagnosed with nerve disorders, such as diabetics, may be at greater risk for developing a hammer toe.
- Shoes: Wearing high heels or other restrictive foot wear that causes your toes to become jammed into your shoe can cause or aggravate the condition.
- Trauma: Any traumatic incident that involves the breaking or jamming of your toe may cause a hammer toe condition to develop.
Common Symptoms of Hammer ToeThe primary symptom of a hammertoe is the visual deformity of the toe, which curls downward into a claw-like structure. Not only is this condition painful, but it can also cause the patient to become immobile. Some other symptoms of hammer toe include:
- A corn on the top of the affected toe.
- Calluses on the sole of the foot.
- Difficulty wearing shoes.
Hammer Toe TreatmentsOur foot surgeons at miVIP are certified in the field of podiatry, and have experience using the latest cutting –edge technology to improve your foot or ankle condition. They will work with you to determine which treatment option is best for you.
- Change Footwear: If your condition is minor, you may want to consider simply changing your footwear and taking good care of your feet.
- Exercise: In minor hammer toe conditions where the toe is still somewhat mobile, exercising the muscles around the toe and help it from going rigid.
- Hammer Toe Surgery: If you suffer from a more severe case of hammer toe, you may want to consider your surgical options of treatment. At miVIP, our minimally invasive hammer toe surgery involves cutting the damaged tendons, releasing the pressure that is causing the toe to curl. Pins are then used to allow the toe to heal properly.
Contact miVIP today!For more information on how you can improve the functioning of your hammer toe, call miVIP surgery center at 855-496-4847 today. We’ll evaluate your case, and discuss your treatment options with you. Call today!
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