Adler Foot and Ankle

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Foot & Ankle Surgery, Wound Care & Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery in North Miami Beach and Hallandale, FL


Hammertoe is a condition that affects the joints in the four smaller toes in which the front of the toe bends downward, causing the middle joint to curl up, causing blisters, calluses, stiffness, and pain. At Adler Foot and Ankle in North Miami Beach and Hallandale, Florida, Charlton Adler, DPM, and Laura Adler, DPM, have the knowledge and expertise to reduce your symptoms, help your joints regain their natural position, and relieve foot pain. Call either office to learn more about Hammertoes and schedule your visit. Or book an appointment online, which is fast and convenient.

Hammertoes Q & A

What are hammertoes?

Hammertoes are a foot concern that creates an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe. The second, third, and fourth toes are those usually diagnosed with the condition. 

An abnormal bend can occur due to an imbalance of the muscles, ligaments, or tendons used to hold the toe straight.


What causes hammertoes?

In some cases, stress or trauma to the toes, sports injuries, other injury, foot structure, certain conditions, and disease processes can lead to the development of hammertoe. Also, people with diabetes can be at increased risk for complications.

The shoes you wear can also cause hammertoes. People who wear poor-fitting, unsupportive shoes or high heels can be more likely to develop the condition.


What are some symptoms of hammertoe?

Symptoms may include:

  • The abnormal bending of a toe joint or joints
  • Swelling at the joint
  • Blisters, calluses, and corns
  • Redness, inflammation, or a burning sensation
  • Stiffness
  • Pain in the ball of your foot
  • Pain in your toe or toes when attempting to move the joint

Pain is not present in every case of hammertoes, but it is a possibility. Depending on the individual, you might be unable to move the affected toe.


How are hammertoes treated?

Adler Foot and Ankle is proud to offer patients many options to relieve pain and effectively treat the undesirable symptoms of hammertoes.

Often, podiatrists and foot surgeons will first attempt to correct the condition by utilizing conservative treatment methods, which can include any combination of:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Changes to footwear
  • Splinting
  • Padding
  • Medications
  • Foot surgery

Should more conservative methods of treatment be ineffective, or if you have a severe case of hammertoe, surgery might be required to correct it.

With several safe and effective options, the expert podiatrists and foot surgeons at Adler Foot and Ankle evaluate hammertoes and your condition. They can determine the best treatment method and utilize the latest technology in your treatment plan.

Your provider can also make suggestions and recommendations based on your unique condition, health needs, goals, and lifestyle.

Call either office to schedule a consultation and learn more about hammertoes and available treatment options. Or book an appointment online today.