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what are some fixes to hammer toes?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
These:: It might include changing your shoes to avoid heels and picking styles that allow more room for the toes. Local shoestretching, pads, and removing callus tissue can afford pain relief. If these measures are insufficient, surgical measures to correct the deformity are available. Talk to a foot surgeon regarding this.
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The type of hammertoes and the cause is also important. Sometimes diabetics get hammertoes from the bio-mechanics of walking.
Apr 3, 2019
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Surgery vs. padding.: If you catch hammertoes in the early stages, a small, in-office procedure to release one of the tendons will often allow the toe to lie straight again. If the toe deformity has become rigid, the surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
A contracted toe: A hammertoe is an contracture or a bending of the toe joint which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical or structural changes in the foot. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Treatment can be conservative or surgical.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do they fix hammer toes?

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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 38 years experience
Surgery: Surgical treatment of hammertoes can vary depending on the surgeon, which toes are involved and severity of deformity. Many times wires are used that will stick out the end of the toe to maintain alignment after the toes are straightened. In our office these are removed around the 3 1/2 week mark. Usually y the patient will need to be in some type of surgical shoe or boot for 4-6 weeks. Dr. L.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do doctors fix hammer toes?

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Surgery: There are many different hammer toe surgeries based on the severity of the deformity. Some procedures will require bone surgery. Some procedures will require only soft tissue surgery. Best to be evaluated by the surgeon.
A 27-year-old male asked:

How long do you need to stay off of a toe that has a spur but isnt broken?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Depends on a lot: Rest will not make a spur go away. Allevating the pressure on the toe which caused the spur to form is the key. If the area is inflammed and sore, rest may be helpful for a while. If the cause is not addressed, then the problem will return in a short time. The problem could be shoe pressure or pressure from another toe or another deformity.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What can I do to fix a hammer toe?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
See a podiatrist: Your only real option for fixing is via surgery.
A 46-year-old member asked:

I'm forming a hammer toe, how can I fix it?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Sometimes you can't: Be wise in your shoe selection that they acomodate and don'tmake it worse. Consider some form of strapping to hold the toe straight like a budin splint or the likes. Structural deformites often respond well to surgical correction.

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