Hammertoes cause discomfort to your feet because they cause pain and can lead to significant deformities if not treated. Our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., has the experience and knowledge necessary to treat this condition at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Please call our office at (860) 632-5499 and don’t miss our Patient Education section for more detailed information about this and many other conditions to keep you up to date with how to care for your feet.
Hammertoes can cause toes to buckle due to the toe’s middle joint bending unnaturally. As usual, improper foot wear can help to cause this condition and also make it worse. This condition causes pain in the small toes, especially the one closest to the big toe, and makes the toe’s joint become set in a bent position. Specifically, pressure and friction occur on the toes against the insides of shoes. A hammertoe is caused by unevenness in the tendons that regulate the toes by straightening and bending them. This can be due to severe trauma caused by an injury or poorly fitting shoes.
When hammertoes are not treated on a timely basis, they become worse and can develop calluses or corns due to the increased friction when the bent toes rub against the inside of the shoes. This can severely hinder mobility. Treatment for this condition involves using footwear that do not squeeze or place pressure on the ball of the foot as well as use of custom orthotics to provide support. Physical therapy can reduce the tightness in the tendons and build back the muscles in the feet affected by this condition. Surgery may be needed to loosen the tightened tendons or rebalance the tendons, correct the skewed bones and fuse damaged joints. Because this condition gets worse over time, it is imperative that you contact our office at the soonest chance you have. We will work to help stop the progression of your hammertoes and to make the needed changes necessary for your feet to feel good again!