There are certain foot and ankle conditions wherein a decision has to be made between managing symptoms and correcting the condition causing them. Such is the case when it comes to treating hammertoes. We can often provide conservative care and relieve painful or uncomfortable symptoms, but we also are able to perform the surgical procedures necessary to correct the condition and restore the affected toe back to its normal position.
We want you to be able to understand which hammertoe treatment options are available so you can make an informed decision when it comes to the direction of your healthcare. Let’s start by taking a look at conservative care options for treating crooked toes, including:
- Change in footwear – Making a switch from poor-fitting shoes—especially when the shoes are excessively tight—to pairs that fit correctly can help provide relief.
- Toe pads, insoles, custom orthotic devices – These options go inside footwear and provide additional cushioning for greater comfort and/or can help to redistribute forces on the affected foot.
- Medication – For some patients, we prescribe medication to relieve painful symptoms.
- Stretches – A stretching regimen can help to relieve pain for mild hammertoe cases. When we recommend this as part of your treatment, we will make sure that you know what types of stretches to perform for optimal relief.
Our usual practice here at Fixing Feet Institute is to use nonsurgical treatment options first and determine if they are able to adequately address the issue. Now, we are able accomplish this in a good many cases, but there are also instances when surgical procedures are the best choice for providing the optimal pain relief patients need.
If crooked toes become rigid, as they do over time, surgery is the only option that will work. Surgical procedures can be used to realign tendons, reposition the toe, and/or remove injured or deformed bone tissue. In a vast majority of cases, this is done on an outpatient basis and you will go home the same day with your post-operative instructions.
When you come see us here at Fixing Feet Institute, we assess your condition and then determine the appropriate course of treatment. It is always our hope that conservative care will be sufficient in resolving the issue, but we also perform effective foot surgery when necessary. In the case of hammertoe, the stage of the condition does make a difference.
For the best chance at nonsurgical treatment, be sure to come in as soon as you recognize the problem. Simply call us at (623) 584-5556 or schedule an appointment at our Surprise, AZ office by using our online form today.