Can My Hammertoes Be Reversed?

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Hammertoe is a common deformity where the toe is bent upward at the middle joint, resulting in a hammer-like appearance. Most cases of hammertoe can be reversed with help from the right trained professionals. Millennium Podiatry offers several possible treatments to relieve painful hammertoe symptoms and correct this condition.

Surgery may be necessary to manage a toe deformity in some cases. However, nonsurgical treatments like orthotics and properly fitted shoes may also help. If you have hammertoe, consult with board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine to determine the best options in New York City, NY. Call now to see how we can help you get started on the path to better foot health.

What causes a hammertoe deformity?

Several factors can contribute to the development of hammertoe. The most common cause is wearing shoes that do not fit properly. Narrow footwear or high heels can force the toes into an unnatural position, eventually causing a toe deformity.

Arthritis is another possible cause of hammertoe symptoms, as the condition can cause the toe joint to become stiff and inflexible. Trauma or injury to the foot may also lead to hammertoe, as it can damage the tendons and muscles that control toe movement.

Can you treat hammertoe without surgery?

Hammertoe may not be completely reversed without surgery. However, there are nonsurgical treatments at Millennium Podiatry known for alleviating pain and discomfort. We recommend attending an assessment to learn about these options.

In the meantime, try wearing wider or better-fitting shoes to relieve hammertoe symptoms. The proper footwear can give your toes more room to move when walking or running. Custom orthotics can also reduce pain by supporting the foot and providing cushioning in the right areas. However, if the hammertoe deformity has progressed to a more severe stage, surgery may be necessary.

How does Millennium Podiatry reverse hammertoe through surgery?

Dr. Levine offers several options for hammertoe correction depending on the severity of the condition. One common treatment is called a tendon transfer, where the tendon that controls the toe joint is moved to a different location. This surgery can help to restore function and movement. Joint resection and fusion are other successful methods of hammertoe surgery in New York.

Benefits of choosing hammertoe surgery as opposed to other methods include:

  • Improvement in the appearance of the foot

  • Relief from pain and discomfort

  • Restored function of the toe joint

Is hammertoe correction invasive?

Some patients are concerned about the invasiveness of hammertoe surgery, but it is important to remember that this condition can cause severe pain and may limit your ability to walk or wear shoes comfortably. The team at Millennium Podiatry is experienced in performing minimally invasive surgeries that provide successful results. We may also recommend wearing a special shoe for several weeks as you recover.

Correct a toe deformity

A hammertoe deformity can be a source of constant pain and discomfort. Now, Millennium Podiatry offers several surgical and nonsurgical options to address this condition. Board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine has helped countless patients in New York City, NY, finally find relief through hammertoe correction. Learn more about your treatment options by calling our clinic today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.