Can I straighten out a hammertoe?

HammertoeHammertoes are common conditions that can be straightened out with treatment. Most treatment for this minor deformity is conservative. Since painfully bent toes are often related to wearing tight shoes, you may need to change your footwear to roomier, more supportive styles. Orthotics may help if arch trouble is contributing to the problem. Stretches or exercises can help as well by loosening tightened tendons and strengthening the foot overall. Special pads can alleviate rubbing or pressure on the bent joint.

If the hammertoe is too rigid and doesn’t improve with noninvasive measures, your joint might need to be straightened surgically. The extent of the surgery will depend on how severe your condition is. It might involve releasing or moving tightened tendons, or cutting and moving bone tissue in your fixed joint. Ultimately how your hammertoe gets straightened out will depend on your unique feet and situation. Our experts at Podiatry Associates, P.C. will help you determine the best way to care for your bent digit. Contact our offices in Castle Pines, Parker, and Cherry Creek, CO, for more information or an evaluation today. Simply call (303) 805-5156 or use our website contact forms.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC