Hammertoes are a painful condition that is common in many people and can be alleviated with permanent removal. At New York Podiatry Care, we treat hammertoes in Long Beach NY and other foot conditions so that our patients can live a pain free life.
Hammertoe is usually indicated by one of the toe joints pointing upwards instead of laying flat and in line with the foot. This deformity happens when the toe’s muscles become weak and put pressure on the joints and tendons, forcing it to become misshapen and to stick upwards. Hammertoe is classified for any condition where the muscle in the toe is weakened, causing a deformity where the toe bends at the middle joint. The more rigid the toe, the more painful the condition is. Hammertoe can be the result of poorly fitted shoes, genetic predispositions, underlying medical conditions or neuromuscular disease. Those with diabetes are at an increased risk for complications from hammertoe. If toes receive too much pressure, a corn or other ulceration can develop, putting diabetics at risk. A condition called neuropathy, common in diabetics, can lead to the ulcerations becoming infected. If not treated, this can result in loss of a toe or even the foot itself. Sometimes genetics are to blame. People are born with a certain foot type that can predispose them to problems with feet, such as hammertoe. Feet that are flat and flexible can lead to the condition because the foot cannot stabilize properly.
Wearing tight fitting shoes or poorly fitted shoes is one of the number one causes of hammertoe. Ill-fitting shoes tend to have little to no arch support. Pointy and high heeled shoes can place pressure on the toes and joints in the foot, making women susceptible to this condition. Treatment options for hammertoe include surgery as the best option for eradicating it. Surgery straightens the foot out, making shoes able to fit better and making the foot more aesthetically attractive. For treatment involving hammertoes in Long Beach NY, call our offices today. We are located in convenient Long Beach and can treat this painful condition using minimally invasive procedures.