Abridged from http://www.foothealthfacts.org
Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can often be managed with noninvasive measures. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid and will not respond to non-surgical treatment.
Although hammertoes are readily apparent, to arrive at a diagnosis our foot and ankle surgeon will obtain a thorough history of your symptoms and examine your foot. During the physical examination, our doctor may attempt to reproduce your symptoms by manipulating your foot and will study the contractures of the toes. In addition, the foot and ankle surgeon may take x-rays to determine the degree of the deformities and assess any changes that may have occurred.
Hammertoes are progressive – they don’t go away by themselves and usually they will get worse over time. However, not all cases are alike – some hammertoes progress more rapidly than others. Once your foot and ankle surgeon has evaluated your hammertoes, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs.
If you feel you may be suffering from hammertoes – please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Phone: (817) 847-8500