In order to effectively treat a hammertoe it is important to identify the cause of the problem. In some cases a hammertoe is present at birth, and in others it develops later in life. Many patients who develop a hammertoe do so as a result of bunions, corns and calluses which place pressure on the toe(s) and eventually cause permanent damage. In some cases children who wear shoes that no longer fit develop hammertoes as a result.
Once you and your foot and ankle specialist have determined the origin of your hammertoe he or she will be able to outline a treatment plan to correct the problem. Hammertoe treatment options include: splinting, corrective shoes, corn and/or felt pads, exercises, bunion surgery, fusion surgery and more.