Hammer Toes Specialist

Bryon Butts, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Performance Footcare, PC

Bryon Butts, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Hammertoes develop when the joints in your toes get stuck in a bent position, frequently leading to painful corns developing. If you have corns or other symptoms that could be due to hammertoes, Bryon Butts, DPM, of Performance Footcare PC in Midtown West Manhattan in New York can help. Dr. Butts and his team provide a range of effective noninvasive therapies for hammertoes, as well as surgical options for severe cases. If your feet are hurting, call Performance Footcare today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Hammer Toes Q & A

What is a hammertoe?

A hammertoe is one where the joints in the toe contract to cause a permanently bent or flexed toe. Hammertoes can develop for several reasons, including:

  • Genetics
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Loose ligaments
  • Poor choice of footwear

The bent toe often causes pain when it begins to rub against the top of your shoe, and the friction can cause painful corns to form on the top of the joints.

What nonsurgical treatments are there for hammertoes?

Nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Custom orthoses
  • Changes in activities
  • Wearing wider shoes
  • Physical therapy

Hammertoes are painful because of the pressure on the affected toes, so treatment focuses on removing that pressure. Dr. Butts starts your hammertoe treatment by correcting faulty foot mechanics and trying to relieve painful symptoms using anti-inflammatory medications.

If these approaches don’t control your hammertoe symptoms, then Dr. Butts can discuss the surgical options with you.

What surgical treatments are there for hammertoes?

A typical hammertoe surgery aims to remove the hammertoe, realign the bones, and balance the forces, so the problem doesn’t return. Dr. Butts carries out medial incision surgery where possible to minimize scarring, but determines the exact type of procedure by looking at several factors, including your:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Bone quality
  • The severity of the hammertoe

The majority of hammertoe surgeries require three to four weeks in a postoperative boot or shoe. Care post-surgery is very important, so Dr. Butts and his team at Performance Footcare focus on helping you achieve a speedy recovery.

To find effective relief from the pain of hammertoes, call Performance Footcare PC today, or book an appointment online.

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