The number of hammertoe treatment options at your disposal depends on how severe the problem has become. Because this is a progressive condition that will only get worse without treatment, the sooner you begin, the better.
In the early stages when the toe is still flexible, you can gently stretch and massage the affected digits, do foot exercises to strengthen the weakened muscles, or use splints to align them in the proper position. Shoes for hammertoes should be broad, roomy, and seamless on the inside to prevent painful friction on the affected area. Shoe inserts or custom orthotics can correct the biomechanical imbalances that led to the initial development. If the toes become rigid and conservative attempts to relieve the discomfort all fail, surgery to remove excess bone and realign the toes may be necessary.
At the first sign of hammertoes, contact Family Foot and Ankle Center right away. We will assess your condition, prescribe any necessary treatment plans, and guide you through any lifestyle changes you may require. Contact us at (513) 728-4800 in Ohio, or (859) 282-1572 in Kentucky.