Hammertoes Specialist

Michael J Frazier, DPM -  - Podiatrist

The Frazier Foot and Ankle Center

Michael J Frazier, DPM

Podiatrist located in Cypress, TX

Having a hammertoe can lead to such severe corns and calluses — not to mention pain within the toe itself — that wearing even the most comfortable pair of shoes can cause pain. If you have a hammertoe, visit with board-certified podiatrist Michael Frazier, DPM, PA, at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center in Cypress, Texas. Dr. Frazier offers personalized hammertoe treatments, including surgery (if needed). Book your hammertoe exam by clicking on the online scheduler, or by calling the clinic directly.

Hammertoes Q & A

What causes hammertoes?

If you notice that one of your toes is sticking up in the middle joint, you probably have a hammertoe. In most cases, hammertoes develop in your second toe because it’s longer than your big toe, which forces it to scrunch up in your shoes.

With daily wear, your shoes can eventually cause a permanent imbalance in your toe’s muscle and connective tissue function, forcing your toe to get stuck in the hammer-like position. You can also develop hammertoes due to:

  • Toe injury or trauma
  • Arthritis or bunions
  • Inherited foot deformity
  • Older age

A similar issue can develop at the joint nearest your toenail, too. This condition is known as a mallet toe — symptoms and treatments are similar.

Do hammertoes cause symptoms?

A hammertoe can lead to limited range of motion in your toe, which is sometimes associated with pain, swelling, and discomfort. The biggest issue — and often the most common complaint — when it comes to hammertoes is the way your toe starts to rub up against the insides of your shoes.

Friction from rubbing can lead to calluses on the bottom of your toe, or corns along the top of your toe. Calluses don’t usually cause discomfort, but the corns that develop because of hammertoe deformities are known for making shoes seem unbearably painful. No matter how minor or how complex your hammertoe discomfort may be, Dr. Frazier has plenty of treatment options available at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center.

How are hammertoes treated?

Your hammertoe treatment plan at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center just depends on the severity of your hammertoe deformity. Hammertoes can be flexible or rigid. If it’s still flexible, meaning you can still bend the joint, you may find any of the following solutions helpful:

  • Custom-designed orthotics
  • Taping, padding, or splinting
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Specialized exercises and stretches

Sometimes, these conservative therapies aren’t enough, while other times, your hammertoe becomes rigid and inflexible and nothing seems to provide relief. In these cases, Dr. Frazier may recommend hammertoe surgery. This minimally invasive procedure involves surgically releasing your tendon, so your toe can start to flatten out on its own. Hammertoe surgery often provides relief right away.

Before living another day with hammertoe pain, book an evaluation at The Frazier Foot & Ankle Center. Schedule online or over the phone.