We rarely think about the importance of our toes, but without them, we would have a difficult time walking! These little body parts have six sets of muscles that control each toe and tendons on both the top and bottom. The toes give us stability.
At DM Foot & Ankle, we see many types of toe deformities, but by far the most common one is a hammertoe. A hammertoe is when the toe becomes bent or curled over time instead of laying straight. It can resemble a "hammer," hence the name "hammertoe." This can affect just one or all of the toes.
The most common cause of hammertoes is tendon imbalance. People with abnormally long toes, flat feet, or high arches have a greater tendency to develop these. Arthritis is another major cause of discomfort and deformity. Hammertoes can also be aggravated by poorly fitting footwear or if a fractured toe heals in a poor position.
Hammertoes usually start off as flexible and mild. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and can require surgery. People with hammertoes may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.
If you start to notice hammertoe developing , it is important to get your feet checked out and to start a treatment plan immediately. Call and schedule an appointment today!