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What is a Hammertoe?

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A hammertoe is a deformity of the toe that causes it to bend at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. Hammertoes are most common in the second, third, and fourth toes. 

They are caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Genetics: Some people are more likely to develop hammertoes because of their genes.
  • Foot structure: People with high arches or flat feet are more likely to develop hammertoes.
  • Shoe wear: Wearing shoes that are too tight or that have a narrow toe box can put pressure on the toes and lead to hammertoes.
  • Occupational factors: People who stand or walk for long periods of time are more likely to develop hammertoes.
  • Certain medical conditions: Hammertoes are more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and other medical conditions.

The symptoms of hammertoes include:

  • Pain in the toe
  • Swelling in the toe
  • Redness in the toe
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Calluses or corns on the toe

If you have any of the symptoms of hammertoes, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Find a Surgeon who uses Metal-Free OSSIOfiber® to Correct Hammertoes by clicking here- 

Treatment for hammertoes may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Toe splints or braces: Toe splints or braces can help to keep the toe in a straight position.
  • Shoe inserts: Shoe inserts can help to reduce pressure on the toes.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be necessary to correct the deformity of the toe. Some people with hammertoes can manage their symptoms with nonsurgical treatment. However, surgery may be necessary if the pain is severe or if the toe is severely deformed.

If you have any of the symptoms of hammertoes, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Find a Surgeon who uses Metal-Free OSSIOfiber® to correct Hammertoes by clicking here- 

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