Doctor insights on: Toe hammer
I HAD A CORN ON MY FOURTH TOE REMOVED (HAMMER TOE) 3 MONTHS AGO. MY TOE IS DARK AROUND THAT AREA IS THAT NORMAL? WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Hyperpigmented: Or darker skin is normal under a corn. As long as the hard skin and pain are not present, it's fine. ...Read more
Bent toe.: People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: a toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat". Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's arthritis involved: these tend to be more rigid, and require surgery if you want them corrected. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Age, severity: This would depend on the severity of the condition, the age of the patient and which toes are involved. Generally younger patients are better candidates for fusion as this could give better long term results for toes 2 and 3. Older patients usually have arthroplasties done. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Chronic: Wearing of flip flops cause instability across the metatarsal (toe joints) and thus would cause the toes to "grip" the ground more during walking. This can lead to hammer toes or "contractures" that over time, will need to be surgically straightened if they become rigid and do not reduce or return to normal straight if you push down on the toe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hammertoes: There are 3 different mechanisms in gait that causes hammertoes to occur- but basically there is an imbalance between the muscles that cause the toe to flex versus the ones that extend the toes. There are many congenital deviations from the norm that causes this to occur. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
Doctor diagnosis: You should have a doctor diagnose you, but as an initial discussion, the toes are buckled back and contracted. You can have calluses, corns and pain. You might have early signs of redness at the knuckles of the toes as well as rubbing in your shoes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Options: Treatment options for the management of hammertoes include conservative and surgical management. Conservative management options include use of orthotic devices, change in shoe wear, medications such as oral no-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), steroid injections, padding of corns and calluses, and splinting and strapping. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bent toe.: 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. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See below: A contracted toe joint where the affected joint sticks up in air and tip of toe points downward. Like a "hammer" often caused by inproper biomechanics, poor fitting shoes, trauma or other deformity. Some neurological condition may also lead to the development of hammertoes. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Imbalance: Digital deformities are generally due to musculotendinous imbalance. One tendon is pulling harder than another and the toe is pulled crooked. Improving foot mechanics with foot orthotics can help. Toe straightening gadgets rarely work. Surgery can straighten the toe when irritation and pain are present. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Please read that: Change your footwear to shoes that do not rub across the hammer toe in order to prevent corns, blisters or cuts from forming. Avoid straps or seams that may irritate the toe. You may be able to wear open toe shoes in the warmer weather. A deep toe box in a shoe is otherwise necessary. Continu below. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers