Hammertoe is a deformity in the foot where one, or all of the toes, are curled or cocked in the middle joint of the toe. Hammertoes are often caused by wearing tight shoes or by pressure from the big toe in someone who has a bunion deformity.
Muscles in the foot work to straighten and bend toes. If the toe is bent for long periods of time, the muscles will tighten and will not stretch out properly.
Treatments to relieve the pain and pressure of hammertoe range from changing footwear and adding shoe inserts to shoes, eliminating the use of high heels, and doing toe exercises at home to stretch and strengthen the muscles in the foot. Hammertoes can also be corrected with surgery if necessary.
To learn more about the treatment options available for hammertoe, please complete the appointment request box or call (319) 338-3606 to schedule a consultation with a Steindler Orthopedic Clinic specialty-trained foot doctor.