Hammertoes often develop because of a muscle imbalance, and because they cause an abnormal bend in your toe, you’re prone to painful corns and chronic foot discomfort. If you have hammertoes, the expert foot and ankle surgeons at Cardio Metabolic Institute provide minimally invasive hammertoe correction treatments in Somerset, Monroe Township, and East Brunswick, New Jersey. Book your hammertoe evaluation online or call any clinic directly to speak with a team member.
Hammertoes are deformities of your smaller toes that occur when the first joint near the base of your toe bends abnormally.
In many cases, hammertoes develop because one or more of your smaller toes is longer than your big toe. This causes your smaller toes to scrunch in order to fit into your shoes, especially if you wear pointy or high-heeled shoes.
Over time, your toes start getting accustomed to this abnormal bend. You begin developing an imbalance in your toe muscles and tendons, so these connective tissues can no longer keep your toes straight.
Occasionally, hammertoes stem from an injury, like if you stubbed your toe, or from arthritic conditions. It’s also possible to be prone to developing hammertoes because of inherited traits.
In early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can often be corrected through conservative measures, such as switching to roomier footwear or wearing custom orthotics.
If left untreated, hammertoes start becoming rigid, causing your toes to become very stiff and increasing your chances of developing painful corns.
A hammertoe correction procedure offered at Cardio Metabolic Institute is a minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Depending on the severity of your hammertoes, your doctor can:
Hammertoe correction can also involve a tendon transfer, where your surgeon pulls a tendon across the top of your toe joint, forcing your toe to shift into a straighter position.
Your dedicated foot and ankle surgeon at Cardio Metabolic Institute can often correct several hammertoes during a single surgical procedure.
Hammertoe correction can be performed under either local or general anesthesia, just depending on your health and the complexity of your procedure. In either case, it’s important to stay home and have someone with you for several days afterward.
You’re going to need a specialized boot or shoe insert for several weeks. To help you avoid putting weight on your treated foot, your practitioner at Cardio Metabolic Institute may also supply you with crutches.
Typically, it’s best to avoid putting full weight on your treated foot for several weeks, although it just depends on your specific surgery.
Once your incision heals, your doctor is likely going to have you start performing daily stretching and strengthening exercises. Full recovery from hammertoe correction takes about 6-12 weeks.
Learn more about modern hammertoe correction by booking an exam at Cardio Metabolic Institute today. Click on the online scheduler, or call your most convenient office.