Hammertoes occurs when the tendons and ligaments around the toes become contracted and the toes take on a “claw-like” appearance. The problem is aggravated when the toes come in contact with the top of a shoe causing “corns” to form on the tops of the toes. In severe cases, a callus can also form at the end of one or more toes.
Causes of Hammertoe
- Shoes that are too small and cause the toe to bend.
- Callus and Corns
- Aging and sex (woman are more likely to get hammertoe)
- Injury to the toe
- Genetics and toe length
Symptoms of Hammertoe
Some of the most common symptoms are
- Corns and calluses
- Pain and inflammation on the affected toe.
- Bending of toe
- Wear proper-fitting shoes
- Take care of corn or callus
- Foot exercises
The most common method of correction at Laser Foot Surgery Center is as follows:
The tendon (muscle attachments) on the top and bottom of the toe are “lengthened.” Then, using a special drill, a small cut is made across one of the joints and/or the bones in the toe, allowing the joint to be realigned straightening the toe.
Hammertoes can be corrected right in the office.
The patient feels more comfortable being in a familiar environment and don’t have to show up hours before surgery. Patients receive light sedation and local anesthesia is administered. The procedure lasts 30-45 mins. This saves patients thousands of dollars by avoiding unnecessary expensive hospital bills.
After these procedures are performed, it is usually necessary for the patient to wear a post-surgical shoe for one to two weeks.