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Hammertoes, which people often call claw or monkey toes, is a commonly treated foot condition at 1Foot 2Foot in Suffolk, North Suffolk, Hampton, and Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA). Hammertoes are toes that bend or contract in an unnatural way, which causes the toe bone to become more prominent and bulging.
You may experience the following symptoms if you have hammertoes:
- Irritation when wearing shoes
- Developing corns or calluses
- Dislocation of the toe joint
There are various causes for developing hammertoes. Some people are born with hammertoes; others develop them over time from poorly fitting shoes, the structure of their feet, or an imbalance between their muscles and tendons.
Non-Surgical & Non-Invasive Treatment For Hammertoes
You may feel that you’ve had hammertoes for many years and find that it doesn’t bother you. You may be unsure if anything can be done to improve the state of your feet. We have known patients who keep their toes covered due to feeling embarrassed or ashamed. Our award-winning foot and ankle specialists in Suffolk, North Suffolk, Hampton, and Virginia Beach, VA, have years of experience transforming feet using non-surgical or non-invasive treatment methods. These methods include professional trimming of corns and calluses, a recommendation for proper fitting shoes, splinting or strapping toes to help position them correctly, orthotics, or even medication.
Prolonging treatment causes hammertoes to become more rigid or stiff, which increases your chances for needing surgery. Although surgery for hammertoes is our last option, we offer arthroplasty (the removal of bone from an affected joint), arthrodesis (fusion of an affected bone), or a tendon muscle balancing procedure. Our foot and ankle specialists at 1Foot 2Foot can thoroughly assess your condition to determine which procedure, if any, will give you the best results for your hammertoes. Be sure to discuss any questions you have about hammertoes with either our foot specialists in Suffolk, VA, our foot specialists in North Suffolk, VA, or our foot specialists in Hampton, VA.