A podiatrist is a Foot Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), known also as a podiatric physician or…
Hammer Toe Deformity Treatment
If you are suffering from Hammer Toe Deformity, you can benefit from seeing Dr. Ahmadi at Orange County Foot & Ankle. Our center offers hammer toe deformity treatment so that you can go back to experiencing no pain and wearing shoes comfortably.
What is hammer toe?
Hammer toe occurs in the second, third, or fourth toes. It is characterized by the toe being bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer and providing the condition with its name. When they first occur, hammer toes can be corrected without surgery. If they are untreated, they can be inflexible and require surgery. They are often accompanied by corns and calluses on top of the toe.
What causes hammer toe?
Hammer toes are more commonly found in women due to the fact that they are often caused by tight fitting shoes that push the toes into a bent position. This makes it harder and harder for toe muscles to be straight. It can also be caused by a muscle imbalance.
Can I treat hammer toe at home?
There are some things you can do at home that will help alleviate your pain and discomfort. Avoid improper footwear, like high heels, and stick with flexible shoes that have plenty of room. You should aim to have a half inch of space between your toes and the front of your shoe in order to relieve pain.
If your hammer toe is accompanied by a corn or callus, you can try an over the counter removal product.
However, keep in mind that in some cases, further treatment and even surgical intervention is necessary. The only way to know for sure whether or not you need a foot doctor to intervene and perform hammer toe deformity treatment is to talk to your podiatrist in Orange County about the condition. Once you talk to your doctor, you will have a better idea of what kind of treatment will work best for you.
What does hammer toe surgery entail?
If your hammer toe deformity treatment requires surgery, the procedure will be done on an outpatient basis. The exact technique that is used during the surgery will depend on your situation, but some of the most common methods include:
- Joint resection – This method is used for hammer toe that is stiff. An incision is made over the top of the toe, and then the ligaments and tendons are usually cut to make straightening the toe easier. Pins may be used to make the toe straight and the end of the bones may be removed.
- Fusion – Another method for stiff hammer toe, this is similar to joint resection and involves the use of screws or pins to keep the toe straight while the cut bone heals.
- Tendon transfer – This method is used for flexible hammer toe. In this procedure, your tendons will be rerouted from the bottom of your foot to the top of the toe in order to pull the joint straight.
About Dr. Ahmadi
Dr. Ahmadi is a Board Certified Foot Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Ahmadi is a leading foot and ankle doctor, who has earned the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed his post graduate training in Podiatric medicine and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Ahmadi´s residency consisted of three intense surgical years at a level one trauma center where he performed advanced procedures in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
Dr. Ahmadi specializes in reconstructive surgical and non-surgical care for children and adults as well as a wide variety of foot and ankle diseases and disorders. He places emphasis on educating patients about the function and dynamics of the foot and ankle in order to prevent future problems.
The foot and ankle are critically important to the health of the entire body. Dr. Ahmadi strives to help his patients understand these connections and develop useful ways to maintain a healthy functioning of the foot and ankle in relation to movement and posture. Positive results may significantly affect the issues of knee, hip, spinal function, vascular circulation, lung and heart function and emotional well being.
Dr. Ahmadi offers the most advanced state of the art techniques for pain-free surgical and non-surgical treatment of any foot and ankle pathology. His goal for each patient is painless and pleasing results with early return to activity. Dr. Ahmadi offers services in a wide variety of foot and ankle deformities and pathology.