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Hammertoes Specialist

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists & Podiatrists located in Parker, CO

Hammertoe is a common condition that can make wearing your usual footwear painful and uncomfortable. If you suffer from hammertoe, Kevin Blue, DPM, and the team of foot specialists at Colorado Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine in Parker, Colorado, can help you find the right treatment. The team specializes in conservative, patient-centered care and offers several safe and effective treatments. To speak with a podiatrist about your hammertoe, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Hammertoes Q & A

What is a hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a deformity that affects the joints in your toe. Hammertoe can affect any of your four smaller toes and causes the affected toes to bend abnormally at the middle joint.

Hammertoe can result in many concerning symptoms, including inflammation, redness, and burning pain. Hammertoe can also cause calluses and corns to develop on your toes and the ball of your foot.

Left untreated, hammertoe can cause the affected toes to become rigid and stiff, leading them to become permanently bent.

What causes hammertoe?

A number of problems can contribute to the development of hammertoe. Wearing high-heeled or tight-fitting shoes can crowd your toes and increase your risk of developing hammertoe. Breaking a toe or severely stubbing it can also cause hammertoe.

In most cases, hammertoe is caused by an imbalance of the tendons and muscles in your toe. This imbalance causes the toe to become unstable and eventually to contract.

Certain things like your age and the length of your toes can increase your risk of developing hammertoe. People with arthritis and diabetes are at a higher risk of developing the condition.

How is hammertoe treated?

Your treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis. In most cases, hammertoe is diagnosed during a simple physical exam.

If you suffer from hammertoe, it’s important to seek medical treatment as it won’t clear up on its own. Colorado Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine specializes in conservative treatment of hammertoe. Your treatment can include:

  • Footwear changes
  • Padding
  • Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Trimming corns and calluses
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Splinting

Wearing tight shoes or high heels can aggravate your hammertoe and intensify your pain. Choosing the right footwear can relieve pressure on your toes and eliminate your painful symptoms.

In severe cases, hammertoe will require surgery. Surgery is typically required when the toe becomes stiff and painful or develops an open sore. The team offers several safe and effective surgical procedures using the latest technologies.

To find out which treatment is right for you, call Colorado Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine, or book your appointment online today.