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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is surgery the only way to cure hammer?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Sucher
Trauma Surgery 27 years experience
Hammer Toe?: Mild hammer toe possible to splint the affected toe. Wear only comfortable, well fitting footwear. A foot doctor (podiatrist) can make special inserts. Stretching exercises if the toe is not already in a fixed position may be helpful. For severe hammer toe, surgery is needed.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
For the most part. : However, i would only recommend it if the condition was painful.

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What is a way to cure spurs without surgery?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
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Spur is not problem.: Spur is merely a sign that there is excessive tension at the attechment of plantar fascia. The tension and inflammation caused by this process is the source of the pain. Therefore treatment should be directed at eliminating and preventing this problem. Treatments such as ice/heat/massage, stretching, more supportive shoes, injections and orthotics are often helpful. Surgery is usully last resort.

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