Hammertoes may be healed using non-invasive methods since they are flexible. However, if left unattended, it can necessitate surgical procedures to get it fixed.

Causes of Hammertoes

The following factors contribute to hammertoes:

  • Genetics: Hammertoes can be hereditary. You may be more likely to acquire this kind of joint abnormality depending on the type of foot you were born with.

  • Improper Footwear: High heels and other tight, ill-fitting footwear provide inadequate or no arch support. The joints and toes are severely strained by wearing high heels. Women are more likely than men to get pain from hammertoes because of their choice of footwear.

  • Neuromuscular Disorders: Hammertoe development may be influenced by neuromuscular illnesses. Diabetes patients may have a higher risk of complications.

  • Injury: A hammertoe is a rare consequence of toe injuries.

Prevent Hammertoes

Hammertoes can be avoided if you take some preventive measures.

  • Regularly check your feet for issues.

  • Purchase supportive arch footwear.

  • Wear custom orthotics to help relieve the stress and pressure on your toes.

  • Your podiatrist may recommend foot exercises to strengthen your foot and toe muscles such as toe squeezes, toe crunches, or toe taps. These exercises could ease the rigidness in your toes and even reposition the curled toe.

  • Help correct the hammer-shaped toe by using braces and splints.

  • Avoid wearing shoes with a tiny, pointed-toe box.

  • Try on the socks you’ll be wearing with the shoes before purchasing them.

  • Wear properly fitted and comfortable shoes.

  • Choose shoes robust enough to prevent the harmful bending of the toe joints.

  • Visit your podiatrist regularly.

Hammertoes are frequently a result of poor foot mechanics, particularly flat feet. Put on the customized orthotics your podiatrist has recommended. Hammertoe development may be slowed or even prevented with the use of orthotics.

At Bay Podiatry Associates, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, our board-certified podiatrist, treats a variety of conditions such as ankle sprains, diabetic wounds, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, nerve pain, plantar warts, dry skin, and calluses. We provide excellent service for patients in the Bath Beach, Kings County section of South Brooklyn. Contact our office at 718-266-1986. Our office is at 8635 21st Avenue, Suite 1C, Brooklyn, NY, 11217.

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