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Do I Need Surgery to Fix a Hammertoe?

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If you've ever had a hammertoe, then you know how debilitating it can be. Hammertoes are painful and cause other complications, like bunions or calluses on the bottom of your foot. The great news is that there are different treatment methods available for hammertoes, ranging from conservative options to advanced surgery.

Some people avoid wearing their favorite high heels and pumps because their hammertoe is not only painful but also unattractive. New York City, NY residents who want a more permanent solution for hammertoe should call Millennium Podiatry for an evaluation. Board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine can review your hammertoe treatment options in full.

What's a hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a type of toe deformity. The problem occurs when the toe becomes bent or disfigured at the middle joint. When one or both sides of the toe curl, it causes pain and other complications. Hammertoe can affect any of your toes, but it most commonly occurs in the second toe (next to the big toe).

A hammertoe can develop for several reasons. It can be caused by wearing shoes that are too small, narrow, or tight. Women are at particular risk for hammertoe because they tend to wear high heels at work or in social situations. Long periods of standing also increase your risk of developing hammertoes. And sometimes, the problem is simply genetic.

How do you treat hammertoe?

Hammertoe treatment options depend on the severity of your condition. Dr. Levine may recommend conservative approaches first. This includes custom insoles and wearing wider shoes to relieve the pain and pressure on your foot. If these methods don't work, we can discuss the possibility of surgery. Rest assured that hammertoe surgery is relatively simple and can be performed at our New York, NY, clinic. Benefits of hammertoe treatment include:

  • Relief from foot pain and discomfort

  • Return of normal toe and foot movement

  • Prevention of future deformities in your toes and feet

Do I need hammertoe surgery?

Flexible hammertoes that can lie flat with manual pressure can be addressed with a minor procedure at Millennium Podiatry. Rigid hammertoes, however, may require a special hammertoe surgery called arthroplasty. During arthroplasty, our team removes a small portion of bone to relieve pain and help the toe deformity appear normal again. Patients are given local anesthesia to ensure they stay comfortable. You can return home in a simple surgical shoe.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you have hammertoe symptoms like pain, corns and calluses, or inflammation, it's important to seek advice from a trained podiatrist as soon as possible. Hammertoes are uncomfortable and can lead to more serious foot problems if they're left untreated for too long. Dr. Levine has years of experience in treating various foot conditions and can provide you with the right treatment plan for your condition.

Minimally invasive hammertoe treatment

If you think you have a toe deformity or were recently diagnosed with hammertoe, you might be putting off treatment because you’re concerned about hammertoe surgery. Actually, board-certified podiatric surgeon Dr. Suzanne Levine is proud to offer minimally invasive solutions at Millennium Podiatry in New York City, NY. Call to speak with one of our podiatrists and learn more about our comprehensive care. We can help you get back on your feet again.

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