Hammer Toe

Hammer Toe offered in Montebello and Duarte, CA

Hammer Toe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that worsens over time. At West Beverly Podiatry Group in Montebello and Duarte, California, the highly skilled team, including Michael Vega, DPM, and Johnny Huang, DPM, take a preventive approach to foot health. They create hammertoe treatment plans that delay the progression of the deformity. Don’t ignore your foot pain; call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Hammer Toe Q&A

What is a hammertoe?

A hammertoe occurs when you have an abnormal bend, also called contracture, at the first joint in the toe. The joint points up, and the tip points down, making the toe look like an upside-down V. 

You can develop the foot deformity in any toe, but it most often affects the second through fifth toes. The deformity can either be flexible or rigid.

Flexible hammertoe

With a flexible hammertoe, the joint still has some mobility. A flexible hammertoe is less serious than a rigid hammertoe because it may improve with conservative care. 

Rigid hammertoe

A rigid hammertoe means there’s no movement in the joint, and you may have a joint misalignment. Surgery is the primary treatment for rigid hammertoe. 

How did I get a hammertoe?

Genetics or trauma to the foot are conditions that increase the risk of hammertoe. However, the condition develops when you have an imbalance in muscle strength in the toe, causing the muscle to pull on the tendon, causing the joint to point up.

Arthritis is also a common cause of hammertoe because it disrupts the structure of the toe joint, affecting muscle balance. The type of shoes you wear may also contribute to developing this condition. Shoes that are too small or too tight can cause the toes to curl up. 

When should I see a podiatrist for a hammertoe?

The team at West Beverly Podiatry Group recommends you schedule an appointment as soon as you notice changes in the joints of your toe. Early diagnosis and treatment allow the team to implement treatments that may prevent or delay the need for surgery.

Your podiatrist reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your feet. They may also take X-rays to evaluate the structure of your foot and toes. 

What treatments do I need for a hammertoe?

The West Beverly Podiatry Group team takes a patient-centered approach, customizing your hammertoe treatment plan based on the severity of your deformity. Treatment may include:

  • Food padding
  • Change in footwear
  • Taping
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Anti-inflammatory injections
  • Orthotic devices

For rigid hammertoes, the West Beverly Podiatry Group team may recommend surgery. The type of surgery you need depends on the severity of your deformity. The skilled podiatrists create individualized surgical plans so you get the best outcomes.

Call West Beverly Podiatry Group or use the online booking feature to get help for your hammertoe today.