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Hammertoe can be extremely uncomfortable. If not treated properly, the condition may worsen to the point where standing and walking can become painful and in extreme cases, cause foot deformity. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating hammertoe. Our well-trained team of specialists provides patients with guidance and advice to make the best treatment choices to get back on their feet.
Hammertoe is a deformity of one or more of the middle three toes, caused by muscle and/or ligament problems that force the middle joint of the toes into a bent, hammer-like shape. The condition may not be painful itself, however footwear may perpetuate discomfort and cause pain.
There are several things you could do to correct hammertoe or relieve the discomfort it causes:
A doctor can correctly do a differential diagnosis and make sure your condition is a hammertoe rather than, for instance, gout. A doctor can also provide indications for the correct treatment of your condition.
The best ways to treat a hammertoe, as discussed above, is to wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Alternative treatment for the incipient stage of a hammertoe may include:
Most often, hammertoe can be easily prevented:
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