Get specialized, expert care for your hammertoe here at The Foot & Ankle Center of Issaquah. Hammertoes occur when one of your toes becomes stuck in the bent or flexed position. Treatment will depend on several factors, but you will most certainly want to have it addressed promptly. Discomfort is almost sure to result, and the pain can be even more significant under some circumstances.
So we know that your toe becomes stuck as curled up, but why does that happen in the first place? Too much pressure on the tendons and toe joint is the answer. Going more deeply, the root cause can be arthritis, genetic predisposition, or the most common reason of all: footwear that is simply too tight around the toe area. This is typical with high heel shoes, and helps to explain why women develop hammertoes more often than men do. There are two types, and it is which one yours is that tends to point the direction for our Issaquah hammertoe treatment. Flexible hammertoe may have very little movement available, but there is some. Generally, a shoe orthotic designed to relieve the stress on the toe (along with more roomy shoes) is sufficient for achieving relief. Other methods may be considered instead of or in addition to orthotics, such as cortisone shots. Rigid hammertoes have absolutely no movement in them, and will nearly always need surgery, while flexible hammertoes will rarely require surgery. On the plus side, the procedure as our Issaquah hammertoe treatment, is done right in our office, and requires no hospital stay. You can go home right afterward.
The bottom line is that you can depend on our office and our Issaquah hammertoe treatment. Reach out to schedule an appointment. Come in and have yours diagnosed, evaluated, and addressed in a timely manner.