Foot pain can seriously impact your daily routine. In particular Hammertoes are a bending of the toe at the initial joint. If left untreated, it can lead to immobility of the foot. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition and potentially prevent major surgery. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT.     

Hammertoes are deformities of the toe and occur with higher frequency in women, about 80 percent, because women tend to wear high heels and narrow shoes that lead to bending in the center of the joint. 


     The following can be helpful in preventing this condition from forming:


  • Wearing shoes with soft materials or open toe shoes.
  • Have popular shoes stretched around the toe box. 
  • Self-help exercises can prevent the joint from bending in an unnatural way.
  • Silicone pads or foot inserts with custom orthotics can help alleviate pain.


     There are several surgical treatments that may be helpful:


  • Removal of parts of the toe joint that’s stopping the deformed toe from straightening. 
  • Re-routing of the tendon so the toe can be straightened and ease the joint pressure.
  • Shorten the bone so that extra space can be made for the toe to fill in footwear. 
  • Removing part of the joint, which will reduce pain and allow the bones in the toe to grow in a natural manner.  
  • Implanting orthopedic products can to fix deformities. 


Recovery should not take very long for general procedures, but more complicated treatment requiring the use of pins or screws may compel the need for several months of healing time. 


As you can see, Hammertoes if left untreated can lead to mobility issues, especially for women. If you are experiencing Hammertoes, please, contact or make an appointment with our offices by calling as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get the best option for treatment and recovery. 


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