A hammertoe is a dislocation of the joint of any one of the toes. It is described as a hammertoe because it bends under like a claw, or like the hammer in a piano.
Usually, a corn or a callus will form either on the end of the toe or from shoe pressure on the prominent portion of the toe. These types of toes can be hereditary in nature, or the deformity can be the result of faulty foot function. This deformity may be quite flexible at first but damage to the affected joint eventually results in a rigid deformity.
Treatment of Hammertoes
Several types of treatment are available for hammertoes. Conservative care would include trimming the corn or callus and padding to reduce shoe pressure. However, this does not correct the hammered condition. The only way to correct the deformity is with a minor surgical procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia. In cases in which surgical intervention may not be advisable, special types of shoes can be prescribed by your podiatrist in order to accommodate the hammertoe condition.
ASA Treatment Facilities
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide 24-hour emergency service. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of maximum benefits with minimum out-of-pocket expense.
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