Hammertoe surgery may be the only way to truly correct the condition, but there are nonsurgical treatment options that might be able to help. These include wearing sensible shoes (models that have deep toe boxes), using orthotics or pads, foot exercises to keep the toes flexible, and even smoothing out calluses or corns with the use of a pumice stone.
It is important to understand that even though conservative treatment methods do exist, hammertoes are progressive in nature. This means the condition will not reverse itself without the use of surgical intervention. Additionally, the toe deformity worsens over time when left untreated, so early treatment is advised. A toe that still has flexibility will respond better to conservative care than one that has become rigid.
When the condition has progressed to the point of rigidity, we will likely recommend surgery if the toe is causing pain or difficulty for you.
For additional information on hammertoe treatment, or to schedule your appointment at one of our five Florida offices (Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Tavares, or Orlando), give us a call today at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for those who live in Lake County). Or request an appointment online with Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida.