Hammer Toe Specialist

American Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Sun City, AZ

If you’re near Scottsdale or Sun City, Arizona, you can get lasting, effective relief for hammertoe. The team of top podiatrists at American Foot & Ankle Specialists are known for being able to restore your natural toe alignment. Whether your hammertoe is causing discomfort, or simply makes you feel self-conscious about your feet, it’s time to find out what the team can do for you. Book your hammertoe evaluation with the online scheduler or call the clinic to speak with a team member.

Hammer Toe Q&A

Why do I have a hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a common foot deformity that develops when you have an imbalance in your toe muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Normally, these supportive soft tissues are supposed to keep your toes straight, but they can become imbalanced and cause an abnormal curvature of your toe due to:

  • Regularly wearing snug-fitting or high-heeled shoes
  • Having a second toe longer than your big toe
  • Toe injury or trauma

You’re also more likely to develop a hammertoe if you’re female, or if you’re older. In some cases, chronic diseases such as arthritis and diabetes can also increase your risk of having a hammertoe.

Do I need treatment for a hammertoe?

Yes. Initially, a hammertoe might be flexible, meaning you can move it at the joint. But over time, your tendons or other soft tissues can contract and tighten. This causes your toe to become permanently bent.

The abnormal curved part of your toe is likely going to rub up against your shoes, which leads to painful corns and calluses. Over time, this can make standing, walking, and even exercising become increasingly painful.

What is the treatment for a hammertoe?

The podiatry team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists strive to help you find relief from hammertoe pain, starting with your first appointment. You might simply need to wear shoes that have plenty of wiggle room in the toes, allowing your tendons to relax.

Many men and women find that wearing custom orthotics provides enough support to minimize hammertoe discomfort and decrease issues with corns and calluses. Your treatment plan could also involve:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Padding corns or calluses
  • Splinting, strapping, or taping

These conservative therapies are known to be most beneficial if your hammertoe is still flexible. Once your hammertoe becomes rigid or too painful, though, you might need surgery. Hammertoe surgery involves releasing the affected tendon or removing part of your toe joint.

The American Foot & Ankle Specialists team specializes in arthroscopic procedures, so your hammertoe surgery is minimally invasive, which results in less downtime.

Get rid of that uncomfortable hammertoe once and for all at American Foot & Ankle Specialists. Schedule your evaluation either online or over the phone.