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Hammer toe is a common foot deformity that may affect anyone, causing discomfort and mobility issues. This condition is characterized by a deformity of the second, third, or fourth toe that causes it to become bent at the middle joint in a hammer-like shape. At Alliance Orthopedics, we understand how challenging it can be for those with hammer toe and are here to help you manage your symptoms and get back to living life pain-free.

Causes of Hammer Toe

Hammer toe typically develops when the muscles and tendons in your toe become imbalanced, leading to an abnormal bending of one or more toes. Alliance Orthopedics will help you diagnose the cause of your hammer toe to provide the best treatment for your needs. Several factors can contribute to the development of hammer toe, including:

  • Footwear: Shoes that are too tight or have high heels can put extra pressure on the toes, causing them to bend
  • Certain Medical Conditions: People with diabetes, arthritis, or other conditions that affect the feet may be more likely to develop hammer toe
  • Trauma: Injuries to the toe or foot can result in muscle and tendon imbalances that lead to hammer toe
  • Genetics: A family history of hammer toe may increase your risk of developing the condition

Symptoms of Hammer Toe

The symptoms of hammer toe may vary in severity and frequency, depending on the individual and the condition’s progression. Some people may experience only mild discomfort, while others struggle with significant pain and mobility issues that can impact their daily lives. Alliance Orthopedics is equipped to help you identify these symptoms and manage their impact. Common symptoms of hammer toe include:

  • Pain or Discomfort in the Toe: This is particularly common when wearing shoes or walking
  • A Bent Toe: One of the most noticeable signs of hammer toe is a toe that is bent in a downward direction, often resembling a hammer
  • Corn and Calluses: These often develop on the top, tip, or end of the toe as a result of friction from shoes
  • Difficulty Walking: As the condition progresses, it may become more difficult to walk comfortably
  • Inflammation and Redness: The affected toe may appear red and swollen

Treatment Options for Hammer Toe

At Alliance Orthopedics, we offer a range of treatment options to address hammer toe and its associated discomfort. At the outset, hammer toes exhibit flexibility and respond to straightforward interventions. However, they can progress to a fixed state, necessitating surgical intervention if left untreated. The appropriate treatment will depend on the severity of your condition, but some common options include:

  • Footwear modifications
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Gait and balance training
  • Occupational therapy
  • Surgery

Our experienced orthopedic specialists at Alliance Orthopedics will assess your individual condition and recommend the most suitable treatment plan. We are committed to providing comprehensive care to help you regain comfort and mobility in your feet. If you suspect you may have hammer toe or are experiencing any related symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. We are here to support you on your journey to better foot health and overall well-being.

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