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What can I do for a case of flexible hammer toe? I bought wider, bigger shoes. I am taking anti inflammatories once a day.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Many 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.

In brief: Many 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.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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In brief: Flexible
The suggestions for splinting do not address the biomechanics , nor do antiinflammatories and bigger shoes.
Orthotics can help as they do address biomechanics. The right thing to do is to see your podiatrist for an evaluation , x rays and a treatment plan

In brief: Flexible
The suggestions for splinting do not address the biomechanics , nor do antiinflammatories and bigger shoes.
Orthotics can help as they do address biomechanics. The right thing to do is to see your podiatrist for an evaluation , x rays and a treatment plan
Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Surgery.
If you catch hammertoes early, a small, in-office procedure to release a tendon may allow the toe to lie straight.
If the deformity is rigid, surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Once the deformity is fixed, the corn should resolve.Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort.

In brief: Surgery.
If you catch hammertoes early, a small, in-office procedure to release a tendon may allow the toe to lie straight.
If the deformity is rigid, surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Once the deformity is fixed, the corn should resolve.Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort.
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
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In brief: High toe shoe
A high toe box shoe is probably more effective than a wider shoe.
Similiarly, there are shoes with flxible materials like spandex. If the pain is that severe that it requires medication i would seriously consider a hammer toe repair.

In brief: High toe shoe
A high toe box shoe is probably more effective than a wider shoe.
Similiarly, there are shoes with flxible materials like spandex. If the pain is that severe that it requires medication i would seriously consider a hammer toe repair.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Ario Kiarash
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rx can be non op
Look for a hammertoe strap also known as a boudin splint.
An alternative would be a metatarsal pad in your shoe or orthotics.

In brief: Rx can be non op
Look for a hammertoe strap also known as a boudin splint.
An alternative would be a metatarsal pad in your shoe or orthotics.
Dr. Ario Kiarash
Dr. Ario Kiarash
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
In brief: Good shoes/supports
If the foot is unstable and overpronates (rolls in too much) then the muscle that controls toe flexion will try to help the muscle/tendon that normally supports the arch.
When this happens the toes contract/flex. This can cause irritation of the toes. The best treatment is better shoes and extra arch support. Improving foot function can be very helpful. Dr l.

In brief: Good shoes/supports
If the foot is unstable and overpronates (rolls in too much) then the muscle that controls toe flexion will try to help the muscle/tendon that normally supports the arch.
When this happens the toes contract/flex. This can cause irritation of the toes. The best treatment is better shoes and extra arch support. Improving foot function can be very helpful. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Podiatrist eval they
There is a flexor to extensor tendon tranfer that works well many podiatrist know how to do it or foot and ankle orthopedist.
Paf where it rubs.

In brief: Podiatrist eval they
There is a flexor to extensor tendon tranfer that works well many podiatrist know how to do it or foot and ankle orthopedist.
Paf where it rubs.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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