Hammertoes

Hammertoes are bony growths on toes.

Causes of Hammertoe

  • Footwear that does not fit properly
  • Arthritis
  • An imbalance in the muscular or biomechanical aspects of the body
  • Genetic predisposition

What can a patient do?

  • Soak the feet in water of a mild temperature
  • Use cold compresses as needed
  • Purchase shoes with sufficient room and support

What can a podiatrist do for you?

  • Examine the problem area
  • Perform tests to diagnose the deformity such as X-rays and MRIs
  • Wrap the foot and recommend padding
  • Prescribe arch supports or make custom ortheses
  • If necessary, perform surgery