- Family history, arthritis, trauma, bunions, tight footwear, and neurological conditions such as stroke or peripheral neuropathy.
- New shoes that have soft, roomy toe boxes (should be 1cm longer than your longest toe).
- Avoid wearing tight, narrow, high-heeled shoes.
- Find a shoe with a deep toe box that accommodates the hammer toe.
- Sandals may help, as long as they do not pinch or rub other areas of the foot.
- Podiatrist may prescribe pads designed to shield corns and calluses from irritation.
- We may prescribe orthotic devices placed in your shoe to help control the muscle/tendon imbalance.
- We may advise splints or small straps to realign the bent toe.
- Possible surgery when the hammertoe has become more rigid and painful, or when an open sore has developed.
- This is a progressive deformity which can only be corrected with surgery. Treatment for the symptoms and appropriate footwear will help to keep you comfortable.
- After surgery the length of the recovery period will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed.
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