Although you may not think of the feet as complex structures, the anatomy of the feet is one of the most intricate systems of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that exist in the body. In fact, each foot contains 28 bones and 30 joints, all of which withstand an enormous amount of wear and tear on a daily basis. It’s no surprise that the joints of the toes, just like the hip joints and knee joints, are prone to injury and degeneration.
Hammertoe is one of the most common conditions affecting the joints of the toes. A hammertoe occurs when the second, third, or fourth toe develops a claw-like deformity in its middle joint, causing the joint to curl upward and the toe to slope downward. For some people, hammertoes run in the family. Other causes of hammertoe pain include:
- Arthritis in the toe joints
- A high foot arch
- Prolonged used of shoes that don’t fit properly
- Injured or tightened ligaments in the foot
Hammertoe Pain Therapy
A hammertoe may not be painful in and of itself, but it can become excruciating to wear shoes that rub against the top of the curled toe. The simple act of putting on tennis shoes to go for a walk or slipping into a pair of high heels to go to work can become unbearable. Hammertoe pain can even lead to more serious conditions such as pain in other parts of the feet, legs, or lower back. It can be an especially dangerous condition for people with diabetic neuropathy since reduced circulation and sensation in the feet can lead to the formation of open foot sores. To avoid more serious hammertoe complications and mitigate the pain, seek the right medical attention
Hammertoe pain treatments at our clinics may include:
- Custom shoe inserts or supports to mitigate hammer toe pain
- Physical therapy focusing on rebalancing the muscles and ligaments of the foot
- Hammertoe surgery
Physician Partners of America has an expert team with experience diagnosing and treating hammertoe to help you return to a life that is free of foot pain. Our specialists will start by performing a thorough physical exam and possibly ordering imaging tests so that we can gauge the full extent of your hammertoe and prescribe the right treatment plan.