Many of our patients have come to our podiatrist in Lakeland for treatment for hammertoe. That’s because at Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center, our approach revolves around paying attention to all the details of the body, not to just the problematic part. We view the person as a sum of all the body parts. For example, we will not treat just the hammertoe as a foot problem, but we will address other aspects of the body which have a correlation. This allows us to treat the whole body, not just the foot or the toes. We can treat the problem at the core, not just take away the symptoms of it.
Foot pain can be caused by many different things, and not all sources of foot pain are due to injury. Hammertoe, for example, is a deformity of the second, third, or fourth toes that will require foot care. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. A hammertoe develops because of an abnormal balance of the muscles in the toes. This abnormal balance causes increased pressures on the tendons and joints of the toe, leading to its contracture. If pain persists, it is vital you visit our podiatrist in Lakeland for treatment of your hammertoe. The treatment options vary with the type and severity of each hammertoe, although identifying the deformity early in its development is important to avoid surgery. Our podiatrist will examine the affected area and recommend a treatment plan specific to your condition. Padding and taping may be the only treatment that’s required if your hammertoe is not severe. Medication and orthotic devices may also be recommended and prescribed by our podiatrist. However, if left untreated, hammertoes tend to become rigid and inflexible, making non-surgical treatment less of an option. If this is the case, for less severe deformities, the surgery will remove the bony prominence and restore normal alignment of the toe joint, thus relieving pain. Severe hammertoes, which are not fully reducible, may require more complex surgical procedures.
If you would like to learn more about our podiatrist in Lakeland or our podiatrist, we highly recommend that you visit our practice’s main website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding treatment of hammertoe, or any of our other procedures, please do not hesitate to contact the staff here directly. By visiting Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center for your hammertoe treatment and foot care, you’ll be one step closer to having healthy and happy feet, ankles, and legs.