Hammertoes Treatment Q & A
Suffering from hammertoe? You’ll find relief with us here at Hicksville Podiatry. Our podiatrist Dr. Davinder Bhela, DPM can help you fix the issue easily in most cases to give you the relief you’ve been yearning for. He can also help you avoid issues in the future and take better care of your feet. Call us for more information or request an appointment online. Serving patients from Hicksville NY, Bethpage NY, Levittown NY, Westbury NY, Plainview NY, Farmingdale NY, Jericho NY, Syosset NY, Brookville NY, Muttontown NY, Upper Brookville NY, Greenvale NY, West Hempstead NY, Swedetown Village NY, North Wantagh NY, Garden City NY, East Hills NY, Franklin Square NY, Lakeville Estates NY, Queens Village NY, Alden Manor NY, North Merrick NY, East Meadow NY.
What is hammertoe, exactly?
The condition is a foot deformity that occurs when there’s an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in your toe, which causes the toe to have an abnormal bend in the middle joint. It can be caused or complicated by the shoes you wear, the structure of your feet, trauma, or some diseases.
It’s easy to diagnose hammertoe, as it’s very easy for a professional to notice, and it’s usually easy to treat it too. Changing your footwear and/or wearing shoe inserts can help a lot. These are things a podiatrist like ours here at Hicksville Podiatry will likely recommend. For severe cases, surgery may be necessary, but only as a last resort.
How do you treat hammertoe?
This depends on the severity of the condition. If the podiatrist determines your toe is still flexible, then he or she will likely recommend a change in footwear to roomier, more comfortable shoes. The doctor may also recommend shoe pads or shoe inserts (orthotics). These can reposition the toe and relieve pressure and pain. Certain exercises may help too by stretching and strengthening the muscles in the toe. These are the most conservative treatments for hammertoe, and they work for most patients, but sometimes surgery is the better option. Here at Hicksville Podiatry, we always take the conservative approach to podiatry first and recommend surgery only when it’s necessary.
Surgery can release the tendon that’s stopping the toe from lying flat and normally. Sometimes removing a small piece of bone can help to straighten the toe. These treatments can work for severe cases of hammertoe, but again, we won’t consider them unless the simpler, noninvasive options don’t work for you. If your hammertoe isn’t especially serious, then we’re confident the other options will work well!
What can I do about hammertoe?
Although it’s possible to ease the foot pain caused by hammertoe yourself, you should consider getting professional care to treat the condition as quickly as effectively as possible and prevent it from worsening. Wearing proper shoes (with a low heel, a deep toe box, and flexible material covering the toes) will likely help. Over-the-counter pain medications may help to relieve some pain, but this is only a short-term solution. This is the extent of the self-care you should do. Any kind of treatment beyond medication and changing your shoes must be done by a medical professional like a podiatrist. We provide this kind of care here at Hicksville Podiatry.
Do you provide hammertoes treatment in Hicksville, NY?
Yes! Hicksville Podiatry is operated by Dr. Davinder Bhela DPM, our fully capable podiatrist, and he can provide any kind of hammertoe treatment for residents of Hicksville. We’re located over at 66 W Barclay Street Hicksville, NY 11801. We encourage you to call us to learn more about us, the doctor, or his services, or to book a consultation with the doctor. Don’t risk your symptoms getting worse; come see Dr. Bhela instead and get his professional diagnosis and treatment.
We hope to hear from you soon here at Hicksville Podiatry!