Linh Nguyen, DPM
3334 Paper Mill Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131
(410) 666-FOOT (3668)
F: (410) 666-3669

Hammer Toe Treatment in Phoenix, MD

Hammer toe is a foot deformity characterized by toes bending or curling downward instead of pointing forward. This condition typically arises from an imbalance in muscle tension between the tendons on top and those on the bottom of the toe. Hammer toes can be flexible or rigid and may affect any toe, although the second or third toe is most commonly affected.

Risk Factors and Causes of Hammer Toe

Women are more susceptible to hammer toe, often due to footwear choices. The condition tends to worsen progressively, underscoring the importance of early medical intervention, particularly crucial for individuals with diabetes, as it can impair mobility.

Hammer toe can manifest in two primary forms: flexible and rigid. A flexible hammer toe permits movement at the joint and is in the initial stages, potentially reversible without surgery. Conversely, a rigid hammer toe lacks mobility and typically necessitates surgical correction.

Muscle imbalance in the toes is the root cause of hammer toe, leading to increased pressure on tendons and joints. While ill-fitting shoes commonly contribute to its development, other factors like heredity, trauma, arthritis, and concurrent foot conditions such as bunions or corns can also play a role.

Treatment Options for Hammer Toe

Treatment approaches for hammer toe depend on its severity. For mild cases, conservative methods are employed initially, such as padding or anti-inflammatory medications. Flexible hammer toes may be corrected by wearing properly fitting footwear or employing gentle toe stretching techniques.

In cases of rigid hammer toe causing significant discomfort, surgical intervention may be necessary. Surgical procedures aim to reposition the toe, remove deformed bone, and realign tendons. Most surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, with minimal downtime or disruption to daily activities.

In conclusion, timely intervention and appropriate treatment are essential for managing hammer toe effectively, minimizing pain, and restoring foot function. Consulting a podiatrist ensures personalized care tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm 7:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am 5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Office Location

Family Foot and Ankle Care

3334 Paper Mill Road
Phoenix, MD 21131-1419
O: 410-666- FOOT (3668)
F: 410-666-3669