Hammer Toe- Plano, TX
Dr. Desai is a renowned foot and ankle surgeon serving Plano, TX. He has extensive experience in treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions including Hammer Toe, ankle fracture, ankle sprain, Plantar Fasciitis, Drop Foot, Flat Feet etc.

Hammer Toe

Hammer Toe is a deformity that is caused due to muscle and tendon imbalances around the toe. This results in bending of the toe at the middle joint causing pain. Women are more susceptible of suffering from the condition.

Hammer Toe can be classified in the following types according to the severity of the symptoms:

  • Flexible Hammer Toe: In this, the toe can easily move at the joint.
  • Rigid Hammer Toe: When the toe cannot move due to excessive pressure of the tendons on the joint, it is called Rigid Hammer Toe. The condition is severe and may require surgical treatment.  

Causes Of Hammer Toe

  • Trauma or injury
  • Arthritis
  • High foot arch
  • Structural abnormalities
  • Wearing improper shoes
  • Genetic factors
  • Medical conditions such as Diabetes

Symptoms Of Hammer Toe

  • Pain
  • Swelling and redness
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Calluses, bunions or corns
  • Tenderness
  • Irritation
  • Contracture of the toe
  • Open sores

Diagnosis Of Hammer Toe:

During the physical examination, the doctor may move the foot and check for symptoms experienced by the patient. He may conduct imaging tests to locate the site and extent of the injury.

Treatment Of Hammer Toe

Non-surgical treatment

  • Foot Pads: The doctor may recommend wearing foot pads to prevent the development of corns and calluses. It may also help to relieve pressure from the foot.  
  • Physical therapy: Specific exercises may be suggested by the doctor to improve the strength and flexibility of toe muscles.  
  • Orthotic devices: The doctor may advise wearing special shoe inserts to reduce discomfort and maintain balance.   
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Splinting: Splints or small straps may be used to realign the position of the toes.   
  • Icing: Applying ice packs at frequent intervals may help to minimize swelling and redness.

In case there is no relief from non-surgical treatment, surgery may be recommended. The procedure may involve repositioning the toe and realigning the tendons to correct the deformity.

Prevention Of Hammer Toe

  • Wear properly fitted and comfortable shoes with a spacious toe box.
  • Avoid wearing shoes with high heels.

For effective treatment for Hammer Toe, visit Dr. Desai. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 – 1072.