Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute

Hammer Toe

Hammer Toe

Hammer Toe services offered in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, UT

If you experience discomfort from hammertoe, the experienced podiatrists and surgeons at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute can help. They begin with an evaluation of your toes and provide an accurate diagnosis. Next, they determine the right treatment for your specific needs. To book an evaluation, call the office nearest you in American Fork or Saratoga Springs, Utah, or click online to book any time.

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a foot condition that affects the alignment of the toes, particularly the second, third, or fourth toe. The affected toe bends abnormally at the middle joint, resembling a hammer or a claw. 

The medical professionals at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute can provide valuable insights into hammertoe and offer treatment options.

What causes hammertoe?

Several factors can contribute to the development of hammertoe. One common cause is wearing ill-fitting shoes, especially those that are too tight or narrow. High heels can also put excessive pressure on your toes, leading to hammertoe. 

In addition, certain foot abnormalities, such as high arches or flat feet, can increase the likelihood of hammertoe formation. Other potential causes include toe trauma, genetic predisposition, and arthritis.

What are the symptoms of hammertoe?

The symptoms of hammertoe can vary in severity. Initially, you may notice mild discomfort or pain in the affected toe, especially when wearing shoes or walking. As the condition progresses, the toe may become increasingly rigid and difficult to straighten. 

You might also develop corns or calluses on the top of your toe or at the tip, where it rubs against your shoe. The affected toe can sometimes cross over or under your adjacent toes, causing additional discomfort.

What are the treatment options for hammertoe?

When it comes to treating hammertoe, the Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team offers various options. Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Wearing properly fitted shoes with a roomy toe box
  • Using orthotic devices or shoe inserts to provide support and reduce pressure
  • Performing toe exercises to strengthen the muscles
  • Padding or splinting to help alleviate pain and correct your toe alignment

Your provider may recommend surgical intervention in more advanced cases or when conservative treatments fail to provide relief. 

Hammertoe surgery can straighten the affected toe and realign it properly. The specific surgical approach may vary based on your individual circumstances and the extent of the condition.

You can rely on the Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute expert team to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. They will guide you through the process to help alleviate your pain and restore normal function to your toes.

To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you or book online today.