Correcting Hammertoes


If your toes look like a hammer or claw, then you may be looking for options on correcting hammertoes. Hammertoes may become sore and difficult to move. A foot doctor (Dr. K) can examine your toes and take an X-ray to see what’s going on inside your foot. There are two types of hammer toes, flexible and rigid. A flexible hammer toe can be straightened by your fingers and may not cause pain. If left untreated, a flexible hammer toe’s tendons can tighten, the joint may become misaligned and the toe can turn rigid. You cannot move a rigid hammer toe. It is often painful and can interfere with walking.


If you have a mild form of hammer toes, you should get new shoes that are wide enough and long enough to accommodate your foot. You may need a small splint, padding, or tape to hold the toe in the right position and change the muscle imbalance. Custom shoe inserts (orthotics) can also be helpful. The pain can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil and Aleve, or by cortisone injections from a foot doctor (Dr. K). For those suffering from a more severe case of hammertoes, our new advanced AMI-HAMMERTOE™ procedure could be your best option. In this procedure, Dr. K uses minimally invasive surgery to remove small pieces of bone to help straighten the toes. AMI-HAMMERTOE™ is an outpatient procedure and only needs minimal healing time.

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