Hammertoes Specialist


Hammertoes services offered in Fort Worth TX
Hammertoe and mallet toe are common foot deformities that can usually be corrected. Matthew Cerniglia, DPM, of Ankle and Foot Institute of Texas, offers a range of treatments for hammertoe and mallet toe and has helped many in Fort Worth, Texas, find lasting relief. Learn more during a face-to-face consultation, which you can book online today.

Hammertoes Q & A

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a common type of foot deformity that causes your toe to curl downward rather than extend outward in a normal position. It can occur in any toe, but it’s most often found on the second or third toe.

Each of your toes has two joints, one where your toe joins your foot and another in the middle of your toe. Hammertoe occurs when the middle joint flexes in a downward position, which, in turn, curls the affected toe. 

Numerous things can cause hammertoe, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injury
  • Problems with tight tendons or ligaments in the foot
  • Pressure caused by a bunion
  • Unusually high foot arch
  • Wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight

Once hammertoe or mallet toe develops, the condition often causes significant pain and is an aesthetic concern. 

What are the symptoms of hammertoe and mallet toe?

A toe that is abnormally curved downward is the primary symptom of hammertoe or mallet toe. Additional signs and symptoms include:

  • Swelling on or at the base of your toe
  • Redness 
  • Corns or calluses on the tip of the toe or top of the toe
  • Difficulty walking

A brief physical exam is usually all that’s needed to diagnose hammertoe or mallet toe. Dr. Cerniglia may order X-rays or other imaging to confirm the abnormalities. 

Are there treatments that can correct hammertoe?

There are several different ways to treat hammertoe and mallet toe. Your treatment path depends on the extent of your joint deformity. Some over-the-counter pads and cushions can offer a degree of relief. 

Mild cases can sometimes be resolved by changing your footwear to provide your toes with more room. Certain foot exercises can also help by stretching or strengthening your toe muscles. There are also over-the-counter pads and cushions that can offer a degree of relief. 

For many people, surgery is the only way to achieve lasting relief. Some procedures focus on lengthening the tendons that are pulling the joint out of alignment, while others transfer tendon tissue from the bottom of your foot to the top portion of the toe. 

Joint fusion surgery is another approach that works by removing a small piece of bone before using a pin, wire, or plate to hold the bone tissue until the healing process is complete. 

If you’d like more information on hammertoe treatment and the recovery process, call the office to set up a visit, or schedule using the easy online booking tool. 

Ankle and Foot Institute of Texas
✆ Phone (appointments): 817-242-5903
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 817-847-8500
Address: 816 Towne Court, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76179