Hammertoes are also known as contracted toes. This condition is a type of foot deformity affecting the muscles and ligaments of the second, third and fourth toes, wherein they are bent like a hammer or claw.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, hammertoes are more common in women than men. There are two types of hammertoe formation: flexible and rigid. A flexible hammertoe is easily diagnosed and treatable because this condition is still in its developmental stage. A rigid hammertoe, on the other hand, is the more serious type and happens when the patient delays the treatment.
Rigid hammertoes also feel tighter because of joint misalignment that makes the toes immobile. To treat this condition, our foot doctor will ask patients to wear a custom orthotic device to reduce symptoms and prevent the deformity from getting worse. If this doesn’t improve the condition, surgery will be indicated.
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