If you have one or more toes bent at a joint, the most comfortable shoes may be no shoes at all. Hammer toe surgery at Franciscan Health can treat the painful condition and help get you back to your daily routine. And into new shoes.
With hammer toe, your second toe, and often the third and fourth toes, are misshapen. Rather than lying flat, they bend at the middle joint. The resulting shape is similar to a hammer. The painful condition can be congenital (present at birth), the result of genetics and your foot structure. Or, it may develop over time, usually the result of wearing shoes that are too short, too narrow or too pointed.
Muscles in a hammer toe become rigid over time. You may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint or the tip of the toe. You may also feel pain when wearing shoes and walking.
If you can still bend your toe or toes, nonsurgical treatment options may include:
You may require surgery if nonsurgical methods fail to correct hammer toe.
Expert foot doctors at Franciscan Health will determine whether surgery is necessary and discuss the options with you. Depending on your condition, surgery may include:
Full recovery from hammer toe surgery may take up to three months, depending on your condition. You may have surgical pins or wires holding the toe bones in place while they heal. You may need to wear an orthotic shoe that redirects your weight to your heel to protect your foot and keep it stable during the recovery period. Driving may be restricted if surgery was on your right foot.