Hammer Toe Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hammer toe, also known as mallet toe and claw toe, describes the foot condition that causes the second, third and/or fourth toes  to curl down and not lay flat.  It can be extremely painful.  Over time, the condition might stiffen the toes in that position.

What Causes Hammer Toe?

Hammer toe is caused by an imbalance in the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that play a vital role in holding the toe straight.  These imbalances cause a lot of pressure on toe joints and tendons, which further forces the toe to change its shape. Some of the causes that trigger the imbalance are:

  • Genes: Hammer toe can be inherited. Many people have the genetic tendency to develop hammer toe because they also suffer from foot instabilities such as 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, you are pushing your toes into an unnatural position, which causes the aforementioned imbalances.  That is one of the reasons women mostly suffer from hammer toe.
  • 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 required to keep the toe straight, which results in the curling of hammer toe.

What are the symptoms of hammertoes?

As hammer toe begins to develop, you will probably start to feel pain and discomfort while you walk. When you try to stretch the bent toe to its normal position, you will feel pain and the toe will return to its curled-shape as soon as you lose the grip. Hammer toe can be mild to extremely severe.  If the condition persists, the toes may become stuck in the curled position.

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  • Pain
  • Corns or Calluses
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Claw-like toes
  • Toes curled downward
  • Inability to wiggle your toes or flex your foot.

Severe Symptoms

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling, burning sensation or redness
  • Open sores

Hammer Toe Treatment

Northwest Surgery Center is the pioneer of the true Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Correction Procedure, providing treatment options to fix not only hammer toe but also bunions and heel spurs. 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 the 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, including pre- and post-op.

The best part is, our Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Correction Procedure allows patients to walk or drive immediately after the procedure and depending on your job, get back to work the very next day!

So, don’t let toe pain disturb your lifestyle, call us today and get on the road to pain free walking.

Schedule a free consultation today.