Hammer Toe Specialist

Flatlands Foot Care

Talia N. Shwer, DPM

Board Certified Podiatrist located in Flatlands, Brooklyn, NY

Hammertoe is a common foot issue that affects more than 200,000 American men and women each year. To get relief from discomfort and improve the alignment of your toes, visit Flatlands Foot Care in the Flatlands neighborhood in Brooklyn. Podiatrist Talia Shwer, DPM, offers a variety of reliable solutions to correct hammertoe, so you can wear shoes comfortably and enjoy the appearance of your feet again. To schedule an appointment, call the New York City office or use the online booking tool today. These are only some of the services we offer; we do MUCH more. Please contact our office for details.

Hammer Toe Q & A

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that causes the middle joint of your toes to bend dramatically so that the tips of your toes point downward. Hammertoe can occur on one or more toes and may occur along with other foot issues, like bunions, high arches, and flat feet.

Many times, hammertoe isn't a problem at first. However, over time, hammertoe can cause discomfort wearing shoes and you may develop calluses or corns on the tops of your toes where they rub against your shoes. 

If you're experiencing discomfort from your hammertoe or you don't like the way they look, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shwer to learn about treatment options.

What causes hammertoe?

Hammertoe can develop in a variety of ways. Most commonly, it appears when your toes are repeatedly pushed into the tips of your shoes, like when you wear high heels or go for a run. The trauma from this repeated pressure causes an exaggerated bend in your toes.

Hammertoe can also develop due to muscle imbalances in your feet, ankles, and lower legs. If your calf muscles are tighter or stronger than the muscles in the front of your shins or feet, your calf muscles can create tension in the sole of your foot that extends to your toes.

For some people, hammertoe is genetic. If this is the case for you, early detection and intervention can prevent future pain and discomfort.

Is hammertoe permanent?

In some cases hammertoe is permanent. In the early stages, you can straighten a hammertoe with your hand by applying pressure on the bent portion of the toe to straighten it. 

Over time, the bent toe joint develops bony changes causing a restriction that prevents you from straightening the toe.

Permanent hammertoe — officially called rigid hammertoe — can be straightened surgically. Dr. Shwer uses different surgical approaches to address rigid hammertoe to give you the least invasive surgery and easiest recovery possible.

How do podiatrists treat hammertoe?

Dr. Shwer offers both conservative and surgical treatment for hammertoe, depending on the severity and your level of discomfort. Conservative treatments for hammertoe include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain
  • Pads and cushions for calluses and corns
  • Bracing and splinting to straighten toes
  • Stretches and exercises to address muscle imbalance
  • Changing your footwear
  • Wearing custom orthotics

If Dr. Shwer recommends surgery to correct your hammertoe, she explains how the surgery is performed and what to expect before, during, and after so you have the best experience possible.

To schedule a visit for hammertoe treatment, call or schedule online now.

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