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