Hammertoe occurs from a muscle and ligament imbalance around the toe joint which causes the middle joint of the toe to bend and become stuck in this position. Middle toes are likely to be affected although baby toes that curl are also considered hammertoes.
If the hammertoes are flexible that means the toes are still movable and there are minor treatment options. A more serious form of hammertoe is called rigid hammertoe which means the toe won’t move at all and would require surgery. No matter which case of hammertoes you have Doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry can diagnose and decide on the best treatment.
Hammertoe is often hereditary and minor solutions include better fitting shoes and orthotics, splints, and metatarsal pads which help widen the foot.
Doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry can help with any questions you may have and diagnose any toe issues you may be experiencing. Visit our website www.newjerseyfoot.com to view other services we offer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Frank Killan at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC call our Hamilton, NJ, office at 609-585-3200 or our Tom’s River, NJ, office at 732-557-4266.