If you are seeing any imbalance concerning the bone architecture of your foot or feeling pain while walking or even with little movements, don’t ignore as there exist chances you might be suffering or will suffer from hammertoe. For those who don’t know the term, hammer toes, also known as mallet toes or the claw toes, is the foot deformity that may happen to anyone due to an imbalance in the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that play a vital role in holding the toe as straight.
What are the causes of hammertoe?
Any imbalance in the toe muscles causes the formation of hammer toes. Considerably, muscle imbalance creates a lot of pressure for toes joints and tendons which further forces the toe to change its shape. Some of the causes that trigger the muscle imbalance are:
Genes: Hammertoes can be inherited. Many people have the genetic tendency to develop hammertoes because they also suffer from foot instabilities. (high foot arch or flat toes)
Arthritis: There are many cases reported where people suffering from Arthritis also suffer from hammer toe.
Toe Injury: Shoes can be the main culprit here. If you wear shoes that are tight, narrow, too short or pointy, indirectly you are pushing your toes to go out of balance. That is one of the reasons why women mostly suffer from foot deformities.
Aging: As you grow old, your bones and muscles begin to lose their strength. Lack of strength cause the toe muscles to lose the proper hold that is required to keep the position as straight, and as a result, toe-curling starts.
What are the symptoms of hammertoes?
The very first symptom of hammertoe is pain and discomfort while you walk. Also, when you try to stretch the bent toe to the normal position, you will feel pain and the toe will return to its curled-shape as soon as you lose the grip. Depending on the symptom you are experiencing, hammer toe can be mild to extremely severe.
- Corns or Calluses
- Difficulty in walking
- Claw-like toes
- Bent toes
- Inability to wiggle your toes or flex your foot.
- Severe pain
- Swelling, burning sensation or redness
- Open sores
The Best Treatment Available
While there are many treatment options available out there, each claiming itself as the best, Northwest Surgery Center, the pioneer of the true Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Correction Procedure, provides its patients the best treatment options to fix not only the hammertoes but also the removal of resulting corns and calluses. What makes our minimally invasive procedure different from others is that it’s much faster, safer, and more cost-effective.
Our modern surgery suites are outfitted with latest technology and equipment, the entire procedure of creating small incisions and correcting the curled architecture takes place under local anesthesia within a 90 minute timeframe.
The best part is, Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Correction Procedure does not confine the walking ability of its patients; they walk or drive immediately after the procedure and get back to the work the very next day!
So, don’t let the hammer toe pain disturb your lifestyle, call us today and get the best treatment plan available for you.