Hammertoes in New Braunfels

What Causes Hammertoes?

Hammertoes are a painful toe condition that can be caused by an imbalance involving the tendons and ligaments in your toe. This imbalance causes the middle toe joint to turn inward, making the toe resemble a hammer. Hammertoes are more likely to form on the second, third, or fourth toes.

Risk Factors for Developing a Hammertoe

You are at greater risk of developing a hammertoe if you wear shoes that are too narrow and don’t have enough room for your toes. Women are at increased risk for developing hammertoes.

How To Prevent Hammertoes

You can do a lot to help prevent hammertoes by wearing shoes with a wide toe box, with plenty of room for your toes to move around.

What To Do for Mild Hammertoe Pain

For mild hammertoe pain, you can try a few simple tips to get relief, including:

  • Switching to more comfortable, wide shoes
  • Stretching your toes individually to maintain flexibility
  • Wearing cushions or pads inside your shoes
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

How Your Podiatrist Can Treat Hammertoes

Moderate to severe hammertoe pain needs to be treated by a foot doctor. Your podiatrist will begin with a thorough examination of your feet and toes. Your podiatrist may also recommend imaging studies to determine the degree of bone involvement. Professional treatments for hammertoes include:

  • Toe splints to help realign your toe
  • Surgery to realign your toe and foot

Want To Know More About Hammertoes?

Hammertoe pain can interfere with your ability to stay active. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from hammertoe pain. To find out more about the causes and treatment of hammertoes, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Jacob Ransom at New Braunfels Podiatry Associates in New Braunfels, TX. You can reach them in the office by calling (830) 625-1642, so call today.

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