Does one of your toes look dissimilar from the rest? Hammertoe is a common but sometimes painful condition in which a toe abnormally curves to point downward, resembling a hammer. At AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists in Indianapolis, Dr. Todd Mann treats patients with hammertoe and other conditions that may jeopardize your foot health. Book an appointment today to end your discomfort and have happy feet again.
A hammertoe is a condition where the toe joint causes your toe to bend or curve downward, making it look like a hammer.
While hammertoe doesn’t usually pose any significant danger, it can get worse over time and cause permanent toe deformity and pain.
Hammertoes tend to be obvious and easily diagnosable. In addition to your toe appearing awkwardly bent, you might also experience:
A hammertoe can develop for different reasons. You might be more likely to develop it if:
You might also develop the condition if you have imbalanced toe muscles. Whether it’s from age, genetics, or activity, sometimes the toe muscles can become imbalanced, which distributes pressure on tendons and ligaments that can cause hammertoes.
Women also tend to develop hammertoe more often than men.
Dr. Mann can recommend a customized treatment plan for your hammertoe, which may include:
In cases where the problem can’t be remedied with noninvasive methods, surgery might be required to correct a hammertoe. These treatments are usually outpatient procedures that may involve removing part of your toe joint, rearranging tendons around the toe, or shortening the toe bone. If you need surgery, Dr. Mann can refer you to a specialist.
Request an appointment with AHP Foot & Wound Care Specialists today.