Hammertoes

Hammertoe is a bending of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.

Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can often be managed with noninvasive measures. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid and will not respond to non-surgical treatment.

Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should receive early attention. Hammertoes never get better without some kind of intervention.

Causes
The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle/tendon imbalance. This imbalance, which leads to a bending of the toe, results from mechanical (structural) changes in the foot that occur over time in some people.

Doctors Foot Labs will provide relief of pain from this syndrome by making a pair of custom orthotics specifically for your feet.

Hammertoes may be aggravated by shoes that don’t fit properly. A hammertoe may result if a toe is too long and is forced into a cramped position when a tight shoe is worn.

Occasionally, hammertoe is the result of an earlier trauma to the toe. In some people, hammertoes are inherited.

Our Custom Orthotics Recommendation

Any one of our custom orthotics ordered can be modified for Hammertoes.

Our best recommendations for Hammertoes are our (Running Orthotics) and our (Dress Orthotics).

Questions about these or our other Custom Orthotics, please call our experts helpline 24/7 at 800-852-4056