With a hammertoe condition, the involved toe is contracted such that the middle joint is pushed upward causing the ends of your toe to bend downward. This abnormal position may very well not cause any problems or need to be treated, however if the condition continues without treatment, your toe may become rigid and unable to move out of this position. This can lead to painful corns on the top of the bent joint where it rubs against your shoe. Finding footwear that accommodates your hammertoe deformity will help to prevent the painful symptoms associated with this condition. Orthotic shoe inserts may also alleviate pain by reducing pressure on the area and correcting biomechanics that could be aggravating the situation.
For more information on caring for hammertoes, or tips on the best footwear choices for you, contact Podiatry Care Specialists, PC by using our online appointment request form, or by calling one of our 5 southeastern Pennsylvania offices at (877) 905-5907.