Hammertoes are a visible sign that your feet need treatment right away. By contacting our office, you can take the first step to help your feet feel new again. Hammertoes are bends or deformities of the joints in the foot of the second through fifth toes. The bend is irregular and can put compression on the toe when wearing shoes. They can start as minor deformities and be flexible and then get worse and rigid without treatment. This is one of the many reasons why early treatment is important to prevent serious complications.
The usual cause of this condition is an imbalance in the muscle and tendon mechanism, which causes the bending of the toe as mentioned above. The result of this structural change in your foot gets worse with the friction brought about by ill-fitting shoes that do not fit correctly. Footwear plays an important part with this condition, as it does with many other conditions that can affect the general health of your foot and ankles. A hammertoe can also result if a toe is too long. The added length causes the toe to be restricted in a shoe. Otherwise, they may form as the result of a severe trauma to the toes, which can result from a heavy object dropping on them or a severe hit against an immobile object while running. They may also be inherited. As the condition gets worse, treatment is genuinely required. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can provide the treatment your hammertoes need. Visit Dr. Schilero at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to find out now about how your hammertoes can be treated. Patients with hammertoes could have other deformities in their foot that need correction at the same time. Dr. Schilero can determine whether a single surgical procedure or any number of procedures would be best for your particular feet. He will evaluate the magnitude of your deformities and consider other factors to best determine the most effective procedures. Recovery time can greatly vary depending on the number procedures performed.