While benign, hammertoes are a most unwelcome addition to your feet, both in terms of comfort and aesthetics. To help straighten matters out, Mark Matey, DPM, offers comprehensive treatment of hammertoes at Florida Foot and Ankle. To get started, call one of the three locations in Jacksonville and Palm Coast. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

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What are hammertoes?

Hammertoes are a condition where the joints in your toes, typically the second, third, fourth, and even the little toe, bend upwards like a hammer.

Early on, you can push the joint down to straighten your toe. But untreated, they worsen and become fixed in the bent position.

Painful corns or calluses can develop on top of these contracted joints, increasing discomfort.

What causes hammertoes?

Several factors can cause hammertoes, including:

  • Pointy shoes
  • Heels that squeeze your toes
  • Connective tissue imbalance
  • Toe trauma (stubbing or breaking)
  • Arthritis or diabetes

If your second toe is longer than your big toe, you’re also more prone to hammertoes.

How are hammertoes treated?

Dr. Matey evaluates the severity to create a treatment plan. In early stages, treatment may include:

  • Orthotics
  • Padding or splints
  • Different shoes
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy

These methods can often halt or even reverse hammertoes, especially with early intervention. See Dr. Matey at the first sign of a hammertoe.

For severe cases, surgery may be recommended to release the contracted tendon. This outpatient procedure allows for a quick recovery.

For expert hammertoe treatment, contact Florida Foot and Ankle or schedule an appointment online.