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Suffering from Hammertoe Syndrome?

October 1, 2019

Suffering from Hammertoe Syndrome?

A Hammertoe is a deformity that causes your toe to bend or buckle, sometimes curl downward or curl side wards instead of pointing forward. This “abnormal” position can almost be referred to as “normal” as so many people have them. We only become involved in their treatment when the toe position produces pain, infection or irritation within footwear.

Causes

Your toes contain two joints (except your big toe that contains one) that allow them to move.  The long and short flexors and extensor muscles of your toes power this movement allowing them to bend and extend.  If these muscles become imbalanced they can cause the toes to bend or buckle. Sometimes this can be caused by excessive pronation (rolling in) of the foot, high arch and tight calf muscles, limited movement in the ankle joint, foot or toe injury, weakness or absence of calf muscular power.

Other causes include but are not limited to, arthritis, footwear and pressure from a bunion (when your big toe points inward toward your second toe).

Your toes then eventually become stuck in this abnormal bent or buckled position causing them to rub and irritate, particularly within enclosed footwear. Painful corms are caused by this rubbing.

Diagnosis 

The correction of any foot disorder is dependent on fully understanding the cause of that disorder. If you think you have a Hammertoe, please contact our rooms to arrange an appointment.  X-Rays and further investigations may be required and a full explanation of your condition will be given.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the diagnosis and cause of your Hammertoe and painful corn.  Treatments are painless, cost effective and often will not keep you off your feet for more than 3-15 days, utilising the latest surgical techniques that offer the quickest post-operative recovery possible, with no need for overnight hospital stays, casts or general anaesthetics.

If you do have any questions relating to your foot problem, please feel free to contact my rooms and we will do our best to help.

By Stefan R. Edwards FNZCPS