Hammertoe Los Angeles
What is Hammertoe?
During your consultation for hammertoe, you should be candid and honest when asked about:
- 1.the type of shoes you wear
- 2.the number of toes involved
- 3.your activity level
- 4.your age
- 5.the severity of the hammertoe
- 6.the symptoms you are feeling
- 7.other questions pertaining to your foot health (occupation, injuries, etc…)
Symptoms of Hammertoe:
- 1.Pain or irritation of the affected toe when wearing shoes.
- 2.Corns (a buildup of skin) on the top, side, or end of the toe, or between two toes. Corns are caused by constant friction against the shoe. They may be soft or hard, depending upon their location.
- 3.Calluses (another type of skin buildup) on the bottom of the toe or on the ball of the foot.
Causes of Hammertoe:
- Hammertoes are often aggravated by repeated stress to the area due to occupation or hobby
- Women who wear shoes that do not fit well or have high heels
- Children who keep wearing shoes they have outgrown
- Hammertoe can also be caused by some kind of trauma, such as a previously broken toe.
- Hammertoe may be inherited. Studies have shown that genetics may play a role in this disorder.
- Hammertoe can be caused by muscle or tendon imbalance as a result of pronation, a very subtle type of gait that causes various types of hammertoe deformities.
- Hammertoe can be caused by neurological conditions including diabetic neuropathy
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Non-Surgical Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Treatment Options
- 1. Trimming corns and calluses. This should be done by a healthcare professional. Never attempt to do this yourself, because you run the risk of cuts and infection. Your foot and ankle surgeon knows the proper way to trim corns to bring you the most significant benefit.
- 2. Padding corns and calluses. Your foot and ankle surgeon can provide or prescribe pads designed to shield corns from irritation. If you want to try over-the-counter pads, avoid the medicated types. Medicated pads are generally not recommended because they may contain a small amount of acid that can be harmful. Consult your foot and ankle surgeon about this option.
- 3. Changes in footwear. Avoid shoes with pointed toes, shoes that are too short, or shoes with high heels – conditions that can force your toe against the front of the shoe. Instead, choose comfortable shoes with a deep, roomy toe box and heels no higher than two inches.
- 4. Orthotic devices. A custom orthotic device placed in your shoe may help control the muscle/tendon imbalance.
- 5. Injection therapy. Corticosteroid injections are sometimes used to ease pain and inflammation caused by hammertoe.
- 6. Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, are often prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.
- 7. Splinting/strapping. Splints or small straps may be applied by the foot and ankle surgeon to realign the bent toe.
Outpatient Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Surgery:
- 1.The surgery involves cutting or moving tendons and ligaments in the affected area.
- 2.In certain cases the bones on each side of the affected joint will be fused together.
- 3.Removing a small section of the bone from the affected joint.
- 4.The use of a pin to hold the toe in position while the bones heal.
- 1.Removing the wedges of the skin of the toes.
- 2.Tendon / muscle rebalancing or lengthening.
- 3.Small tendon transfers.
- 4.Relocation of surrounding joints.