Hammertoes or claw toes is a foot condition where the middle joint of one or more toes is bent due to weak muscles. With weak muscles, toe tendons become short and eventually result in the curling of the toes to resemble hammers or claws. According to research, hammertoe is hereditary. However, in some cases, people develop the condition from wearing tight shoes over long periods of time.
Women are more prone to this toe deformity from wearing tight shoes for aesthetic purposes.
Once you notice this condition, it’s time to see your podiatrist. Hammertoe can cause extreme pain if not treated. If you have diabetes, you should seek treatment because hammertoes often lead to wounds.
Some of the best treatments for hammertoe and claw toes include:
Wearing custom fitted shoes or diabetic shoes: To relieve pain, always wear shoes that fit properly. We recommend deeper and wider shoes with soft padding.
Anti-inflammatories: You can also take anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the pain caused by hammertoe.
Surgery: Claw toe surgery is often the best way to relieve painful hammertoe. This outpatient procedure at Graff Foot and Ankle Surgery Center can be done while you are asleep or awake under local anesthesia. You can walk the same day in tennis shoes, as recovery time from claw toe surgery is minimal.
Do you have hammertoes or claw toes? Schedule an appointment with Graff Foot Ankle and Wound Care for treatment. Call (972) 403-7733 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form to schedule your visit.
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