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Podiatry located in Cordova, Memphis and Atoka, TN

Hammertoe services offered in Cordova, Memphis and Atoka, TN

Hammertoe is a common toe condition causing an upward bend in one of the little toes, putting it in a claw-like position. At Mid-South Foot & Ankle Specialists in Atoka, Cordova, and East Memphis, Tennessee, the highly skilled podiatrists diagnose and treat hammertoe. Getting treatment for your hammertoe during the early stages may prevent the need for surgical interventions. Schedule your hammertoe consultation by calling the office most convenient to you or booking online today.

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a foot deformity in which one or more of the little toes (second, third, fourth, or fifth toe) have an abnormal bend (contracture) at one or both of the joints. Instead of laying flat, the joint points upward, which can make wearing shoes uncomfortable. 


Hammertoe develops when there’s an imbalance between the muscles and tendons that help bend and straighten the toes. When the muscles are too tight, it pulls on the tendon, creating an upward bend at the toe joint.


The imbalance may develop from a structural or neurological problem in the foot. Poor-fitting shoes may aggravate the condition. 

What are the early signs of hammertoe?

Hammertoes get worse over time. Recognizing the early signs of hammertoe may help you take action sooner to prevent or delay more serious complications. 


Early signs of hammertoe include:


  • Pain when moving the toe joint
  • Toe joint pain that’s aggravated when wearing shoes
  • Redness or swelling at the toe joint
  • Development of corns or calluses


During the early stages of hammertoe, the joint is still flexible. When left undiagnosed and untreated, the bend in your toe stiffens and becomes inflexible. 

What happens during a hammertoe evaluation?

The podiatrists at Mid-South Foot & Ankle Specialists encourage you to come in for an evaluation for hammertoe as soon as you notice the abnormal bend or have any of the early symptoms of the foot deformity.


During your visit, they review your symptoms, medical history, the types of shoes you wear, and your daily activity. They examine your feet and toes. 


They can diagnose hammertoe after a physical examination. However, they may request X-rays to confirm a diagnosis.

What are the treatments for hammertoe?

Your provider at Mid-South Foot & Ankle Specialists customizes your hammertoe treatment plan based on the severity of your contracture. You may ease your symptoms by:


  • Making modifications to your footwear
  • Using orthotics
  • Trimming corns and calluses
  • Using foot pads to prevent corns and calluses


If you have a rigid hammertoe that causes pain, your provider at Mid-South Foot & Ankle Specialists may recommend surgery to correct the foot deformity.


Getting help for your hammertoe from the experts at Mid-South Foot & Ankle Specialists can ease your discomfort and prevent or delay complications. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

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