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Hammer toes

Hammer toes occur when the digit is in a retracted position.

Hammer toes

What causes hammer toes?

Hammer toes can develop due to a variety of factors. The primary cause is an imbalance in the muscles and tendons that control the toe's movement, leading to abnormal bending. This imbalance can be influenced by genetic predisposition, foot structure abnormalities, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, foot trauma, and certain medical conditions such as arthritis.

Are hammer toes painful?

Hammer toes can cause discomfort and pain, especially when pressure is applied to the affected toes, such as during walking or wearing shoes. The bent position of the toes can lead to the formation of corns, calluses, or blisters on the tops or tips of the toes, further contributing to pain and irritation.

Can hammer toes be treated without surgery?

In many cases, non-surgical treatments can effectively manage hammer toes. These treatment options may include wearing roomier and more supportive footwear, using toe devices or orthotic devices with modifications to help straighten and realign the toes, performing toe exercises and stretches to improve flexibility and muscle balance, and using protective padding to alleviate pressure and friction on the affected areas. However, if conservative measures fail to provide relief, surgery may be considered.

How can Blueprint Podiatry help with hammer toes?

At Blueprint Podiatry, our experienced podiatrists can assess the severity and underlying causes of your hammer toes. We can provide personalised treatment plans tailored to your specific needs, which may include a combination of conservative measures mentioned earlier. We can also offer guidance on proper footwear selection, foot care techniques, and lifestyle modifications to manage the condition effectively and prevent its progression.

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