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Dr. Paul F Brezinski
847-359-5550
Dr. Maria Chon
847-359-1600

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Dr. Paul F. Brezinski
Dr. Maria Chon
Palatine Podiatry Center
317 E. Dundee Rd.
Palatine , IL , 60074
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Treatment for Hammertoes

Hammer toe deformities are contractions of the lesser or smaller toes that can cause pain on the top of the toe or the tip of the toe. sometimes there is an associated callous or hard spot under the ball of the foot. Additionally, the contraction of the toes can cause a hard spot to form on the top of the toe commonly referred to as a ”corn”. These lesions arise from the toe that is higher than the toes next to it rubbing against the stocking and shoe resulting in friction. The hard tissue develops in response to this friction initially as a protection. Over a period of time the protection becomes an irritation.

The treatment of hammer toe deformities is usually surgical. the deformity must be reduced and the correct neutral alignment of the toe must be restored. These procedures are usually performed in an outpatient surgical center. Most patients experience complete recovery in approximately four to six weeks after surgery.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do Corn Pads or Other Pads Help Hammer Toes?

Padding or applying any type of pad or taping the toe straight offers only temporary or symptomatic relief. It does not address the root cause of the problem which is instability of the toe. Medicated disks are not recommended for use because these pads frequently have an acidic compound in them that can cause a burn. Anybody with diabetes or a circulatory problem should not in any way attempt to self treat this or any other foot problem. Podiatrists are trained and highly skilled in treating and managing these conditions.

Why Do I Sometimes Get a Corn on the Tip or Side of My Toe?

This is essentially the same problem appearing at a different site. The tip of the toe is striking the ground instead of the fleshy pad on the underneath surface of the toe. Corns on the side of the toe usually indicate a slight rotation deformity of the toe or a bone spur called an exostosis.

Why Do My Toes Hurt When I Wear High Heels?

A high heel raises the back of the foot and this forces the foot forward, sliding or jamming the toes into the narrowing front end of the shoe, crowding the toes and increasing the contraction or bending of the toes.