Women are typically at a higher risk of developing a hammertoe in Scottsdale than men. Why? Because of their choice in shoes, such as high-heels. Hammertoes can worsen over time, which is why treatment from Dr. Forman is important for protecting your feet from further harm. A hammertoe can become a serious problem that could affect your ability to walk, especially if you are diabetic.

What is a Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a deformity of the foot that causes toes to bend or curl in a downward fashion rather than point forward. This deformity is typically the result of a muscle imbalance between the tendons on top and the tendons on the bottom of the toe. Hammer toes can be flexible or rigid and they can affect any toe on your foot. And, most cases of hammertoe in Scottsdale are reported on the second or third toe.

Types and Causes of Hammertoe in Scottsdale

There are generally two types of hammer toe: flexible and rigid. If the toe can still move at the joint, it is considered a flexible hammertoe. This form of hammertoe is in the beginning stages of its development and can be reversed non-surgically. However, if it is left untreated, your flexible hammertoe can become rigid, which means the toe can no longer move on its own. These types of hammertoe in Scottsdale will usually require surgery to correct.

A hammertoe develops due to an imbalance of the muscles in the toes, which typically causes increased pressure on the tendons and joints in the toe. While poor shoe choice is typically the main cause of hammertoe, other common causes include:

  • Heredity
  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Other foot conditions (such as bunions or corns)

By contacting Dr. Forman, our Scottsdale foot doctor, you can gain a better understanding of your condition and ways to treat your symptoms.

Scottsdale Hammertoe Treatment

Treating hammertoe in Scottsdale varies depending on the severity of your condition. To treat mild hammertoe, Dr. Forman of Put Your Feet First will start with conservative methods, such as padding or anti-inflammatory medications. Flexible hammertoe can be corrected by simply wearing shoes that fit properly, while other treatments involve gently stretching the toes to relieve pain and reposition it.

If the toe has become rigid and is causing too much pain, Dr. Forman, our podiatrist in Scottsdale, AZ, may choose to surgically remove the deformity. Surgery is performed to reposition the toe, remove deformed or injured bone, and realign tendons. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and rarely require extended downtime or time away from work.

Contact Dr. Mark Forman in Scottsdale about hammertoes and what options are available for your care.