Phoenix Podiatry Treatment of Hammertoes


Ending Your Curl


Hammertoes and mallet toes are foot deformities that are often painless foot conditions but can cause pain when constant pressure is placed on the hammer and/or mallet toe.  There is a significant imbalance in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that normally hold the toe straight and this can be caused by the shoes you ear, trauma, foot structure, or various diseases.  


My job as a podiatrist is to make sure we alleviate any pain you are experiencing, stop the toes from continuing to curl, and provide you with both the treatment and footwear you need to gain support and relief.  


Under guidance of a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, treatment is quite simple and can stop both the stress placed on the hammer/mallet toes and the continued curling.  


Flat Feet Footwear and Prescription Orthotics


It is definitely time to see a podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry offices if you are now experiencing pain.  Certain shoes can be causing hammertoes and we need to figure this out and adjust your footwear.  


An abnormal balance of the toe muscles may also be leading to hammer/mallet toes and simple treatments like prescription orthotics that support your foot’s movements are an easy fix for this imbalance.  With this said, the longer you wait for assistance and treatment, the greater the chance that the toes will continue to curl. 


Footwear that often helps are roomier, more comfortable footwear.  Shoes with a flexible roof can take the pressure off of your toes and prescription orthotics will help you walk without the pressures and stresses that are normally placed upon your toes.   


Conservative Remedies


Different stretches often help to increase the flexibility of your toes loosening the tendons and muscles causing the toes to curl.  Devices such as metatarsal pads and splints will also help to alleviate some of the pain of a hammertoe.  All of this will be discussed when you come in for your appointment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


If conservative treatments do not help, surgery may be recommended that will release the tendons preventing your toes from lying flat. 


Our podiatrists have helped patients for over twenty years treat and correct hammertoes.  We guarantee that you will leave with not only the right treatment but see results in a manner of weeks. 


Give us a try and call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!


By John Erotas