Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey
Podiatrists located in Union, NJ & Scotch Plains, NJ
The doctors at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey provide thorough and effective treatments for hammer toes from their offices located in Scotch Plains and Union, New Jersey.
Q & A
What Are Hammer Toes?
A hammertoe is a condition where a toe bends downward instead of forward. It can affect any toe, although it most often affects the second or third toes. This condition ranges in severity with some cases resulting in rigidity where the toe can’t be moved or flexed and other patients still having some mobility in the toe joints. The hammer toe is often exposed to increased rubbing and friction which causes calluses and irritation of the skin. Hammer-toes are sometimes present at birth although they typically develop later in age due to wearing poorly fitting shoes or arthritis.
What Causes Hammer Toes?
Hammer toes form when the muscles responsible for toe movement become imbalanced and pull the delicate bones of the feet out of alignment. This imbalance and misalignment puts a great deal of pressure on the joints and tendons, pushing the toe into the hammerhead shape. The excessive pressure on the joint is responsible for the pain associated with the condition. There are three common causes for the imbalance including arthritis, injuries, and genetics.
How Are Hammer Toes Treated?
The podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey will usually begin with a conservative approach to treatment. They will suggest you change to shoes with adequate space available for the toes. The doctor may also suggest physical therapy exercises to stretch the toes and release the tendons that are pulling the bones out of alignment. In some cases, when a hammer-toe is especially severe, surgery may be required to reposition the toe, remove any deformed or injured bone, and realign the tendons. Surgery is usually prescribed only after less invasive treatments have not been effective. There are several different types of surgical techniques used to treat hammer toes depending on the condition of the toe’s muscles, tendons, and joint. Following surgery patients will have physical therapy given suggestions on the best styles of shoe to wear to protect their feet.
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Words from our patients
"Would definitely recommend anyone to come to this office for treatment. Excellent! Thank you!"
"I was treated at Foot & Ankle Specialists several times a few years ago and was very pleased with the care I received from their doctors."
"The appointments are efficient but I have never felt rushed or like the exam was incomplete."
"Highly recommend them for any foot related issues!!"
"Excellent and knowledgeable doctor. Explained my condition and what I had to do thoroughly. I didn't feel like he rushed while I was there."
"He was very thorough and went over all the details of my condition. And while he was professional, he was also fun and joked around and made me feel very comfortable."
"Very caring and knowledgeable doctor. Answers calls for questions."
"Dr. Patel and her staff are sweet and very patient. They make me feel very comfortable whenever I go there. Would recommend this place."