You may have heard about a hammertoe, but would you be able to recognize one? Here’s a hint: one of your toe joints (second, third, or fourth) is bent in an unnatural way. The result can be extra pressure on your toes and pain as you walk. The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group help patients explore their treatment options, which can include surgery.

Two types of hammertoes

There are two types: flexible and rigid. For the early stages, a flexible hammertoe is more common. Patients can bend the toe joint easier and with less pain. They can also explore more conservative treatment options. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find the best treatment plan for your pain level.

Risk factors

Are you at an increased risk for this toe deformity? One of the top culprits is wearing shoes with the wrong fit. Here are a few additional factors to consider:

  • Heredity
  • Conditions like diabetes or arthritis
  • Longer toes
  • High heels

Treatment options

The first step to treatment is contacting a podiatrist. Regardless of your pain level or toe rigidity, a podiatrist can offer a specific treatment plan. Examples include custom orthotics, toe pads, toe exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, ice, and more. If the pain doesn’t improve, surgery may be the best option. If discomfort prevents you from participating in regular activities, including wearing shoes comfortably, we’re here to help you find relief.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.