Hammer Toe Arthroplasty
Hammer toe is a deformity in one of the toes in which the toe is bent at the middle joint. Conditions such as hammer toe can be a source of discomfort, pain, and mobility problems. While surgical procedures are an effective treatment option, it is important to understand the full range of options and lifestyle changes that can help with hammer toe.
What Causes Hammer Toe?
Hammer toe develops due to muscle imbalances in the toe which put pressure on toe joints and tendons. If a toe is bent or out of place for long enough, the toe joints and the muscle group will tighten. This displacement can cause extreme pain and discomfort.
Some of the factors that may increase an individual’s chance of developing a hammer toe or a similar condition include:
- Genes: Some individuals are born with certain features that make them more likely to develop this condition.
- Injury or trauma: An injury to the toe can result in hammer toe if the collision displaces the joint.
- Narrow shoes: Ill-fitting shoes with minimal support can cause an individual to develop a foot condition such as hammer toe.
If you are experiencing foot pain and are interested in seeking a diagnosis or treatment, our skilled professionals at BEST Health System are passionate about helping you find the most effective approach to finding recovery.
What is a Hammer Toe Arthroplasty?
Hammer toe arthroplasty is a type of surgical procedure where the surgeon accesses the big toe, or other toes affected by this condition, to remove bone and/or connective tissue and straighten out the joint. The specific approach depends on the toe, the degree of infirmity, and other factors. Tendon transfer, joint resection, and fusion are examples of types of hammer toe arthroplasty.
When Should You Consider a Hammer Toe Arthroplasty?
Hammer toe arthroplasty is typically an elective procedure and should therefore only be seriously considered after conservative treatments have been fully exhausted. Upon diagnosis of hammer toe or a different toe deformity, doctors will recommend the following:
- Changing footwear and shoes that fit
- Using orthotics or pads that help improve comfort
- Therapeutic exercise and stretches that help to improve range of motion in the big toe
- Resting your feet as needed
- Taking over-the-counter medication as needed
If months go by and the pain persists, hammer toe arthroplasty may be recommended. You should expect a thorough evaluation to ensure that a hammer toe arthroplasty would be effective in straightening the toe.
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