Hammertoe Podiatry Treatment


Treatment To Limit Corns, Calluses, And Pain


There are over 200,000 cases of hammertoes each year in the U.S. and at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, our podiatrists help people slow down the process of the toes curling and provide treatment and advice to limit and relieve pain.   Hammertoes are treatable but it is important to see a podiatrist at our office before the pain becomes unbearable and harder to treat.  


Hammertoes are often caused by years of wearing unsupportive shoes that restrict the toe box and put additional pressure on the toes while walking.  Such shoes include high heel are narrow dress shoes.  The most affected toe is usually the second toe next to the big toe.  The affected tow is often inflexible, hard to move, and can often develop painful corns or calluses.  At our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry location, we can treat corns and calluses helping to alleviate pain.


Right away, there are a few treatments that can help.  Firstly, purchasing shoes that have a roomier toe box will remove pressure on your toes.  Wearing prescription orthotics also help the feet receive the maximum amount of support while walking and often, decrease the foot pain that our patients experience.  With the correct treatment, the pain of hammertoes can be significantly decreased.  


If you have corns that hurt you, applying cushions or corn pads often help.  Severe hammertoes can be treated with surgery if all other conservative options fail.  After the surgery, there may be some swelling and stiffness but you will still be able to walk, just don’t plan an extra strenuous activities like hiking.  


What You Can Do At Home


Home exercise programs help loosen the stiffness of a hammertoe.  Some examples of exercises include stretching each toe manually, using your toes to pick up things, and placing a flat towel under your feet and then using your toes to crumple the towel.  


The reason to see one of our podiatrists immediately is that with time, the toe muscles become unable to straighten even with more comfortable, roomier shoes.  This makes hammertoes difficult to treat conservatively and it is easier for corns or calluses to consistently develop. 


If you have any pain at all or if you want to stop the progression of a hammertoe, it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  We greatly look forward to helping you solve this irritating problem. 


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation!


By John Erotas