Hammer Toes Treatment
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Hammer toes is a condition where your toe bends and forms a claw-like shape. It usually affects your second, third, or fourth toe. If not treated, hammer toes can get worse and make it hard to walk. We are the leading podiatrists in Hong Kong and we are happy to provide the best hammer toes treatment plans.
There are two types of hammer toes:
- Flexible Hammer Toes
Flexible hammer toes are still moveable at the joint. This means that you can treat them without surgery. Flexible hammer toes are by far the most common type of hammer toes.
- Rigid Hammer Toes
Rigid hammer toes are in a fixed, claw-like position. Surgery is needed to treat this type of hammer toe.
What Causes Hammer Toes?
There are many different causes of hammer toes. Wearing shoes that are too tight is the most common cause. This is especially true for women who wear high heels. Other causes include:
- Nerve damage
- Muscle imbalance
How Are Hammer Toes Diagnosed?
Our podiatrists will conduct a thorough examination of your feet. This will help us to diagnose hammer toes and rule out other conditions. We may also use X-rays to get a better look at your toe joint.
How Are Hammer Toes Treated?
Treatment for hammer toes depends on the severity of your condition. If you have flexible hammer toes, we may recommend:
- Splinting or taping your toe
- Wearing shoes that fit properly and have a wide toe box
If you have rigid hammer toes, we will likely recommend surgery. This involves straightening out your toe joint. We may also need to remove part of your toe bone. Hammer toes can be a painful condition. But with the right hammer toes treatment, you can find relief.
If you think you may have hammer toes, contact us to schedule an appointment. We will develop a customized treatment plan to help you find relief from your symptoms.