Hammertoes

A hammertoe is a contracture of the toe caused by a tendon imbalance in your foot. It develops a prominent area on top of the digit and can lead to pain with pressure and wearing shoes.

Symptoms
There may be redness, pain, and the development of a corn/callus on. Also, a callous can form on the bottom of the foot due to retrograde pressure from the hammered digit.

Causes
Hammertoes are caused by tendon imbalances and can also be inherited.

Treatment
Non-surgical treatment for hammertoes includes: trimming of corns and calluses by your doctor, padding, changes in shoe wear, and splinting of the toe. Surgical correction may include the removal of a small piece of bone from the joint or a fusion of the joint to straighten the toe. These procedures may include utilizing a pin to hold the toe straight during the healing process. At Alaskan Legacy Podiatric Foot & Ankle Specialist, Dr. Lear-Rayborn can further discuss options with you.