Anyone can develop a hammertoe, but they’re most common in people who wear high heels and other shoes that lack support. At Advanced Footcare & Sports Medicine, on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City, board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Robert Maccabee, DPM, specializes in hammertoe treatment. Dr. Maccabee’s conservative, hands-on approach relieves pain and restores toe mobility. Call Advanced Footcare & Sports Medicine today to receive treatment for a hammertoe, or book your appointment online.
It’s likely. Your big toe has two joints, and your other toes have three. Each joint has tendons and ligaments that help you bend and straighten your toes.
If an imbalance develops due to injury or general wear-and-tear, your toe joints might lock in a bent position –– a painful condition called hammertoe.
There are several types of hammertoes, but they all cause joint mobility problems. If one or more of your toes are painful or hard to wiggle, seeking treatment is essential.
Hammertoe symptoms include:
You might develop a blister or an open sore on top of your affected toe if you have diabetes or another condition that affects your mobility.
Dr. Maccabee reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including which toe hurts, what the pain feels like, and if it’s worse when you wear specific shoes or do certain activities.
Next, he examines your toe, looking for redness, swelling, and bruising. He tests your toe joint’s range of motion and gently presses on the top and bottom of your toe to identify sensitive areas.
Dr. Maccabee orders X-rays to check for joint damage and performs neurological tests if you have diabetes. These screenings help him determine if a nerve problem is causing the imbalance that keeps your toe joint locked in a bent position.
At Advanced Footcare & Sports Medicine, Dr. Maccabee treats hammertoes using a conservative, hands-on approach. He might suggest:
You might benefit from minimally invasive hammertoe surgery if your toe joint pain is severe or interferes with your routine. Minimally invasive surgery results in reduced pain, minimal scarring, and a quicker return to your daily activities.
Call Advanced Footcare & Sports Medicine today to schedule hammertoe treatment, or book your appointment online.