When foot pain begins affecting simple tasks like walking or standing, it can become increasingly frustrating and difficult to deal with. Hammertoe often begins painlessly and becomes uncomfortable over time. Identifying and treating hammertoe early can save you from future complications. Find out more about hammertoes and its treatments with Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Kristen Patterson at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers with offices in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI.
What causes hammertoes?
Genetics often have a large part in a hammertoe’s development since you tend to inherit the type of foot you have which could have a higher tendency for hammertoes. Additionally, underlying conditions like flat feet or arthritis can contribute to hammertoe development. Often, wearing ill-fitting, high-heeled, or too-tight shoes also cause hammertoes.
Do I have a hammertoe?
Identifying hammertoe in its earliest stages can help you recognize and treat this condition early, while conservative treatments are still effective. Some of the symptoms of hammertoe include:
- a curled toe resembling the claw side of a hammer
- pain and discomfort, especially while wearing shoes
- corns and calluses on top of the toe
- pain in the ball of the foot
- decreased range of motion in the toe
- swelling, redness, and/or irritation
If you think you have a hammertoe, your podiatrist is your best source of information for diagnosing and treating this common condition. You can best consult with your podiatrist at a foot examination. Your doctor will probably suggest an x-ray to assess the bones in the toe.
Hammertoe Treatments in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI
The techniques and methods in treating hammertoes will vary depending on the patient, the severity of their hammertoe, and their lifestyle choices. Conservative treatments may begin with changing the type of shoe you wear, massage therapy, and over-the-counter treatments. If these methods fail to provide results, your doctor may suggest prescription medication or, in severe cases, surgery to realign the toe and its connective tissues.
For more information on hammertoe or its treatments, please contact Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Kristen Patterson with offices in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI. Call 586-263-4411 to schedule an appointment in Clinton Township, 586-468-5445 to schedule an appointment in Mount Clemens, or 586-275-3000 to schedule your appointment in Sterling Heights today!