There are certain foot and ankle conditions where a decision has to be made between managing symptoms and correcting the condition causing them. Such is the case when treating hammertoes. Our Richardson, TX office can often provide conservative care and relieve painful or uncomfortable symptoms, but we also are able to perform the surgical procedures necessary to correct the condition and restore the affected toe back to its normal position.
By understanding which hammertoe treatment options are available, you can make an informed decision about the direction of your healthcare. Let’s start by taking a look at some conservative care options for treating a hammertoe condition:
- Change in Footwear – Making a switch from poor-fitting shoes—especially when the shoes are excessively tight—to pairs that fit correctly can help provide relief.
- Toe Pads, Insoles, Custom Orthotic Devices – These options go inside footwear and provide additional cushioning (for greater comfort) and/or help to redistribute forces on the affected foot.
- Medication – For some patients, we prescribe medication to relieve painful symptoms.
- Stretches – A stretching regimen can help to relieve pain for mild hammertoe cases. When we recommend this as part of your treatment, we will make sure that you know what types of stretches to perform for optimal relief.
Our usual practice here at Richardson Podiatry Associates is to use nonsurgical treatment options first and determine if they can adequately address the issue. In a good many cases they can, but there are also instances when surgical procedures are the best choice for providing the optimal pain relief you need.
If hammertoes become rigid, as they do over time, surgery is the only option that will work. Procedures can be used to realign tendons, reposition the toe, and/or remove injured or deformed bone tissue. In a vast majority of cases, this is done on an outpatient basis and you will go home the same day with your post-operative instructions.
Let Richardson Podiatry Associates assess your condition and determine an appropriate course of treatment. It is always our hope that conservative care will resolve the issue, but we also perform effective foot surgery when necessary. In the case of hammertoe, the stage of the condition makes a difference. For the best chance to avoid surgery, be sure to come in as soon as you recognize the problem. Call (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment at our Richardson, TX office by using our online form today.