Hammertoes Specialist

About Feet Podiatry Center

Podiatry located in Exton, PA

Hammertoes lead to chronic toe pain and stiffness, as well as ongoing issues with corns. If you suffer from hammertoe discomfort, the board-certified podiatrists offer effective conservative and treatment solutions at About Feet Podiatry Center in Exton, Pennsylvania. Click on the online scheduling tool to book your hammertoe exam today, or call to speak with a team member directly.

Hammertoes Q&A

What causes hammertoes?

Hammertoes are progressive toe deformities that affect your second, third, or fourth toes. They form when your muscles and connective tissues become imbalanced. Normally, these components work together to keep your toes flat and straight.

If your toes are often bent, though, muscles, tendons, and ligaments are essentially retrained to stay in that new position. In many cases, this abnormal bend begins because you wear shoes that have little room in the toe box, especially if you have any smaller toes that are longer than your big toe. 

Your risk of developing hammertoes further increases because of:

  • Arthritis 
  • Injury or trauma
  • Inherited faulty foot mechanics

If you don’t have your hammertoes treated early on, they’re likely going to stiffen, which can lead to serious pain and foot discomfort. 


What are the symptoms of hammertoes?

The symptoms you experience with hammertoes depend on the severity of your condition and whether your hammertoes are still flexible or are already stiff. The team at About Feet Podiatry Center encourage you to schedule an evaluation if your hammertoes are leading to any of the following issues:

  • Painful corns
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Burning 

It’s important to come into the clinic for an evaluation if you develop open sores because of your hammertoes, especially if you’re prone to slow-healing wounds because of diabetes or poor circulation. 


How are hammertoes treated?

Treating hammertoes usually begins with conservative therapy solutions. Your dedicated podiatrist at About Feet Podiatry Center may recommend:

  • Nonmedicated corn pads
  • In-office corn removal
  • Specialized shoe padding
  • Changes in footwear
  • Toe exercises 
  • Orthotic inserts
  • Straps 

Though conservative hammertoe treatments are highly effective, in some cases, surgery is the best option. Using minimally invasive tools and techniques, your podiatrist can carefully realign your toe joints and release or remove rigid tissues. The goal is to help your toes lie flat, so you won’t have to struggle with hammertoe pain another day.

About Feet Podiatry Center boasts two modern surgical rooms on-site. If you do need surgery to treat your hammertoes, you can receive all of your treatment under one roof. 

About Feet Podiatry Center provides comprehensive conservative and surgical hammertoe treatments. Get the relief you need by booking your appointment online or over the phone.