Hammertoe Surgery Kansas City, MO

Hammertoe, also known as mallet toe, is a physical deformity that affects the toes on your feet. While it’s typically limited to the second, third, or fourth toes, it can affect any toes on your feet. Hammertoe is usually the result of an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that keep your toes straight.

Hammertoe gets its name because of the appearance your toe takes on when it’s afflicted. The toe becomes unnaturally bent in the middle at the joint nearest the toenail. This causes it to rise in the middle and bend slightly at the end.

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Symptoms of Hammertoe

The most obvious sign of hammertoe is the physical appearance of your foot. Hammer Toes will show obvious signs of deformity in how they’re shaped. Aside from physical evidence, you will also experience pain when you try to walk or move the affected toe. You will also be more prone to corns and calluses forming on your hammertoe because it will rub more aggressively against your shoes and socks than the rest of your toes.

Causes of Hammertoe

The structural imbalance in the tendons, muscles, or ligaments that result in hammertoe can be caused by several different things.

Wearing the wrong shoes
High heel shoes or too tight or narrow shoes will cause your toes to crowd together and bend unnaturally.

A physical trauma
Cuts, breaking, or jamming a certain toe will put it at more risk for hammertoe.

Having your toe bent for too long
Having your toe in a position for too long where the muscles and tendons cannot straighten out can also result in a hammertoe.

Treatment for Hammertoe

Most cases of hammertoe can be repaired without surgery. Non-surgical treatments include wearing appropriate shoes and exercising the affected toe. However, you may require tendon lengthening surgery, a tendon transfer, or arthrodesis in extreme cases.

It’s best to catch hammertoe early so that the specialists at Ortho of KC can repair the issue without surgery. However, no matter how severe your hammertoe is, we’re here to help and can get your feet back to normal as quickly and easily as possible.

However, if all other forms of treatment fail and surgery is necessary, surgeons and orthopedists at Ortho of KC can help. Whether you require steroid or plasma injections, shock wave therapy, or surgery to detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone, we’re here to help! We always opt for less invasive measures first but are more than capable of performing plantar fasciitis surgery when needed.

Hammertoe Treatment Doctors

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City ankle and foot specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.