Hammer Toe Specialist

Desert Foot & Ankle

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Mesa, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

Having a hammertoe isn’t a medical concern, although your toe deformity can become so severe it causes daily pain and inflammation. Rather than ignoring your hammertoe another day, schedule an evaluation at Desert Foot and Ankle in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona. The highly skilled podiatry team provide personalized hammertoe treatment packages, so you can get fast relief. Schedule your hammertoe exam today by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling either office to speak with a team member.

Hammer Toe Q & A

Why does a hammertoe form?

A hammertoe is a deformity in a smaller toe. It forms when you have an imbalance in connective tissues and muscles that are supposed to keep your toe flat. In most cases, hammertoes develop gradually over time because one of your smaller toes — usually your second toe — is longer than your big toe.

When this occurs, every time you slip on shoes, your toe has to scrunch up to make room for itself. If you’re wearing these ill-fitting shoes on a daily basis, eventually, your connective tissues and muscles start keeping your toe in this abnormally bent position, permanently.

Footwear is often to blame when it comes to developing hammertoes, but other factors come into play, too. Your chances of developing a hammertoe increase if you have arthritis or toe trauma, and sometimes, hammertoes are inherited traits.

What are the symptoms of a hammertoe?

Hammertoes can lead to a wide variety of issues, ranging from occasional discomfort to chronic inflammation. When you have a hammertoe, you may experience:

  • Painful corns across the tops of your toes
  • Limited toe joint movement
  • Severe burning sensations
  • Uncomfortable calluses on the bottom of your toes or ball of your feet

No matter how minor or how severe your hammertoe symptoms may be, schedule an evaluation at Desert Foot and Ankle to get started on treatment before your condition progresses.

Is there treatment for a hammertoe?

Absolutely! The expert podiatrists at Desert Foot and Ankle provide both conservative and surgical hammertoe treatments, depending on the severity of your condition. Conservative hammertoe treatment packages may include:

  • Specialized padding
  • Splinting and strapping
  • Custom orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Changes in footwear, possibly diabetic shoes
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If your hammertoe is severely rigid or starting to lower your quality of life, your podiatrist at Desert Foot and Ankle might recommend surgery. This minimally invasive procedure involves releasing stiff connective tissues and realigning your toe joint.

Before your hammertoe discomfort worsens, see how the team at Desert Foot and Ankle can help. Click on the online scheduler to book your appointment or call either clinic directly.