Hammertoe Specialist in Wall Street, Midtown, and Harlem NYC
Hammertoe foot treatments are available at New York Foot Experts to patients that are dealing with symptoms of hammertoe that often cause pain and discomfort. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Wall Street, Midtown, and Harlem NYC.
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Hammertoe or mallet toe which it’s also known as a foot deformity that often occurs when there is an imbalance in the foot muscles, tendons, or ligaments that hold your toes straight. Another contributing factor to the development of a hammertoe or mallet toe is the foot’s structure, the type of shoes you may wear, any trauma that has occurred to the foot, and certain diseases.
Hammertoes look like an abnormal bend within the middle joint of your toe, it can affect the joint that is closest to the toenail and is normally seen in the second, third, and fourth toes.
If you were looking to relieve the pain and pressure you feel from a hammertoe or mallet toe, you will need to do a few things including changing your footwear, visit the podiatrist to learn more about hammertoe and your current situation, if it is for custom orthotics or where customize shoe inserts and other options. If you were diagnosed with a severe case of hammertoe, you may need surgery to find relief.
The three main types of hammertoes or mallet toes that come along with this condition include:
⦁ Flexible hammertoes
Flexible hammertoes are still in development, with the affected toes being able to still move at the joint.
⦁ Semi-rigid hammertoes
During semi-rigid hammertoes diagnosis, the toes start to stiffen more.
⦁ Rigid hammertoes
When you start to not be able to move the toes anymore, you are experiencing rigid hammertoes. This occurs when the tendons and soft tissues have become tight.
The multiple symptoms of hammertoe that you need to be aware of include:
⦁ The toe joints become rigid
⦁ Pain starts to occur at the top joint of the toe
⦁ Start to feel pain at the ball of the foot
⦁ Corns and calluses occurring on the foot
⦁ Noticeable redness, burning sensation, or inflammation
⦁ Limited and painful sensations at the toe joint
⦁ Swelling at the toe joint
⦁ While this is a very rare symptom to occur, open sores may be a part of the hammertoe symptom
There are several causes of hammertoe, many of these include:
Conditions like hammertoe often can be passed down through genetics. Things like flat, flexible, unstable feet, high arches, and extensor tendons that overpower your flexors can often cause hammertoe.
⦁ Poor shoes
We often see individuals who wear high heels, tight or too small of footwear often causes crowding within the shoe which causes the toes to begin to curl which can become permanent.
⦁ Neuromuscular disease
Neuromuscular disease is a contributor to the development of hammertoe. If you deal with diabetes, you are at a much higher risk for complications with hammertoe. If you have a corn or callus on the toe, can you turn causes extreme pressure, as well as poor blood circulation which then leads to an infection.
Many people daily stub their toes, jam, or injury their toes which can cause the development of hammertoe.
⦁ Abnormal balance within the toe muscles
Instability in your balance can also lead to a bend within the toes which can have hammertoe occur.
There are many ways that you can help prevent and even treat our toes, as well as straighten them. A few of the options that are available to patients that visit our clinic include:
⦁ Buying sensible and comfortable shoes
⦁ Using a pumice stone
⦁ Following foot exercises
If you have a hammertoe and you were looking for options on how to take care of it, or treat it, visit New York Foot Experts today. Our experienced and knowledgeable podiatrist Dr. Daniel Drapacz, DPM, and his team specializes in advanced foot care and is able to help you. For more information call us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Wall Street Financial District NY, Harlem NY, Midtown NY, Lower Manhattan NY, Brooklyn NY, and Yorkville NY.