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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
May 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Hammertoes are a very common foot deformity. If you have one of these second, third or fourth toes shaped like a carpenter's favorite tool,hammertoe you know the pain, embarrassment, and impaired mobility hammertoes cause. However, this all-too-common problem can be solved, and your Stoughton and Madison, WI, podiatrist, Dr. Neal Katz, definitely can help.

The details on hammertoes

The Institute for Preventive Foot Health states that seven million Americans have one or more hammertoe deformities, and most sufferers are women. Unfortunately, women too often wear narrow-toed shoes with high heels which place tremendous pressure on the forefoot and toes. Obesity may contribute to this podiatric deformity as can bunions, a painful bump at the base of the big toe.

While hammertoes are not a sudden acute injury, but a problem which develops over time, careful treatment is required to:

  • Normalize the middle joint of the toe
  • Eliminate the corns and calluses which can form on the toe
  • Correct any ensuing gait problems and immobility of the toe
  • Make the toe look straight and attractive again
  • Use injection therapy (corticosteroids) to control inflammation and pain

Intervention

To determine the extent of a hammertoe problem, Dr. Katz performs a complete podiatric examination and X-ray imaging. Part of the examination will be hands-on so the doctor can see what positions and pressure points cause the symptoms. Based on his findings, Dr. Katz may advise:

  • A change in footwear to something roomier in the toe box
  • Shoe padding
  • In-office removal of any calluses and corns
  • Shoe orthotics or splints to relieve pressure and straighten the toe joint

Sometimes the deformity is so severe that surgery is the best treatment. Typically, your foot doctor advises surgery when the joints have stiffened severely or when more than one toe is affected. Also, age and how active a person is plays a role in treatment decisions.

Have happy feet again

If you think you have hammertoes, contact Dr. Katz for a consultation. Your feet can feel and look better. We have three offices for your convenience in Madison and Stoughton, WI. Call (608) 241-0848.

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