Hammer Toe Treatment
Hammer Toe is common and can be a painful deformity of the second, third or fourth toe where they appear to always be bent at the middle joint giving it an appearance of a hammer. The toe will often stiffen and become fixed in this new position.
Hammer Toes will often sit higher than other toes and a corn or callus may appear on the top of the toe or at the tip of the toe as a result of it not sitting in alignment with the other toes. Therefore, the Hammer Toes are more vulnerable to extra shoe pressure such as rubbing on the top (dorsal) or end (apex) of the toes.
Hammer Toes can happen because of problems with the tendons inside the foot. Also, if toes are squashed by poorly fitting shoes, the condition can occur. Hammer Toes are common in feet with bunions, high-arched feet and those with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
There are two types of hammer toes:
- Flexible Hammer Toes – where the toe joint can still be moved
- Rigid Hammer Toes – where the tendon becomes rigid and they press the joint out of alignment
Professional advice should be gained from a Foot Health Professionals on appropriate footwear. Footwear with a deep toe box, along with wide fitting is recommended. At We Fix Feet, our Chiropodists, Podiatrists and Foot Health Practitioners can identify whether conservative treatment is adequate or if a surgical referral may be necessary.
At We Fix Feet, our practitioners in Beeston, Ilkeston and Sheffield clinics will be able to make Otoform silicone splints to help control mild cases and offer ease of any pain from corns or calluses.