Hammertoe Treatment at Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome

Hammertoes are deformities of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes in which the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. This condition can cause pain and discomfort, especially when wearing shoes. The Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome offers specialized treatments for hammertoes, ranging from conservative care to surgical interventions, aimed at relieving pain and restoring toe function.

Understanding Hammertoes:
Hammertoes often result from wearing ill-fitting shoes that are too tight, causing the toes to bend unnaturally. They can also be caused by a muscle imbalance or underlying medical conditions. Over time, the toe joint might not be able to straighten, leading to stiffness, inflammation, and pain.

Causes of Hammertoes:

  • Improper Footwear: Shoes that don’t fit properly or provide enough room for the toes.
  • Genetics: A family history of hammertoe or foot deformities.
  • Injury: Toe injuries can lead to hammertoe.
  • Arthritis: Certain types of arthritis can contribute to the development of hammertoes.
  • Muscle Imbalance: Imbalances in the muscles controlling toe movement can cause the toes to bend.

Our Treatments for Hammertoes:

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Orthotic Devices: Custom shoe inserts to relieve pressure and pain.
  • Padding and Taping: Special pads to cushion the toe or taping to keep the foot in a more normal position.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Physical Therapy: Exercises to stretch and strengthen toe muscles.

For severe cases or when non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief, surgery may be necessary. Surgical procedures can involve removing a portion of the bone to straighten the toe, realigning the bones of the toe, or fusing the joints.

Why Choose Our Center in Rome, GA?

The Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome is equipped with advanced diagnostic and
treatment tools to address hammertoes effectively. Our team of specialists is dedicated to creating personalized treatment plans that address the specific needs and goals of each patient, ensuring the best possible outcomes.


Q: Can hammertoes be corrected without surgery?
A: Yes, in many cases, especially in the early stages, non-surgical treatments can be effective in relieving pain and preventing further deformity.

Q: What types of shoes should I wear if I have hammertoes?
A: Shoes with a wide toe box, soft materials, and low heels are best. Avoid tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes that can exacerbate the condition.

Q: Are hammertoes preventable?
A: While not all cases are preventable, wearing properly fitting shoes and addressing any foot problems or muscle imbalances early can help reduce the risk.

Q: How long is the recovery after hammertoe surgery?
A: Recovery can vary depending on the type of surgery performed but generally ranges from a few weeks to a few months. Your surgeon will provide specific guidelines based on your situation.

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