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HAMMERTOES
CAUSE:
  • Hereditary predisposition
  • Relatively long toes
  • Tight muscles
  • Flat feet-Certain muscles overwork to hold and stabilize the foot and cause contractures of toes
  • High arch feet- Same concept of flat feet with muscles overworking in a stabilizing manner
  • Aggravated by improper fitting shoe gear shoe gear
  • Often seen in conjunction with deformities such as bunions

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain in closed shoes
  • Knuckles of the toes are prominent
  • Redness and swelling over the toe knuckle
  • Toes start to overlap each other
  • Hard skin over the toe

TREATMENT:

  • Wider shoes with high toe box(taller at front of shoe)
  • Orthotic to balance out the low arch or high arch foot- this helps to reduce the muscles' overload and pulling on the toes- this has benefit to not only prevent the contractures from worsening, but also to prevent recurrence after surgery, if performed
  • Surgical straightening of the toes to allow comfort when wearing closed shoes
2nd and 3rd TOE HAMMERTOES
IMPROPER SHOE GEAR FIT
PROPER SHOE GEAR FIT
HAMMERTOE
ARTHROPLASTY OF TOE
ARTHRODESIS OF TOE (FUSION)
 
 
 
     
     
   
     
 
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