Flexible Hammertoes – This is the first stage of hammertoes where the joint and toe is still moveable. It is less serious and can be treated if caught early on.
Fixed Hammertoes – This type is more developed and often the result of a flexible hammertoe being left untreated. The tendons are tight causing the joint to become immobile
Hammertoes can be similar to other foot deformities such as claw toe or mallet toes. Symptoms of the hammertoe condition may include:
- Pain in your feet, especially while wearing shoes
- Calluses or corns that are caused by toes rubbing against your shoes
- Swelling or redness
- Bent toes
- Open sores from where the joint contracts
- Restricted or painful motion of the joint
Hammertoes are often the result of a muscle imbalance or due to constant improper footwear, but they can also be caused by a combination of factors. Other factors may include genetics, trauma to the toe, and conditions such as arthritis or diabetes.
Treatment varies depending on the type of hammertoe and condition of the patient. After a thorough examination, your podiatrist will recommend the appropriate line of treatment for you.