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Common Disorders

What is a hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a contraction deformity, resulting in bony prominences on the toes.

CAUSES OF HAMMERTOES

  • Heredity
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Arthritis

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Wear a supportive shoe with a deep toe box.
  • Apply cold compresses.
  • Soak the foot in lukewarm water to relieve pain.

WHAT WILL A PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN DO FOR YOU?

  • Perform a physical examination.
  • Perform an x-ray evaluation.
  • Perform trimming and padding.
  • Perform surgery as indicated.

Source: APMA