Hammertoes Influence Your Toes with Power


Hammertoes are a nagging condition that can affect the way you walk when not treated correctly. It’s a good idea to visit our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, who can take a look at your toes and the determine the extent to which they have become compromised by this condition. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about hammertoes.

The foot condition known as Hammertoes is a deformity whereby the toe bends in the middle joint. It generally happens because of an irregular foot structure potentially due to genetics, poorly fitting footwear that are too tight or have high heels or arthritis. This condition presents itself after years of slowly forming. The longer it goes untreated, the greater the extent of the toe deformity. Although some may not experience pain with this condition, it generally does cause pain as it gets larger, the potential for having them rub against the inside of shoes is greater.

Treatment can include utilizing correct footwear with wide toe boxes or open-toed styles,

using padding, orthotics custom made to maximize relief and stretching exercises involving the calf muscle. When these methods are not helpful, surgery may be necessary to provide effective relief from this condition. These procedures involve rebalancing tendons and ligaments and unbending or fusing of the middle joint of the affected toe. The end result is to reverse the bend in the toe and alleviate the pain that it’s causing. Moreover, pins are used during the surgery to accomplish the above described procedures. Subsequent to surgery, the foot will be bandaged for up to 6 weeks until the pins are removed. The foot can bare weight slowly as it heals, with full recovery potentially taking up to half a year. Nerve issues could be a potential risk; however, most surgeries of this nature are successful.

If you have hammertoes, please contact us today to help get your toes straitened up and visit our Patient Education section for more information.