Hammertoe and Mallet Toe

Friday, November 06, 2015

Hammertoe and mallet toe are two foot conditions that can be painful. They occur more often in women than men. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about these conditions in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hammertoe and mallet toe are two foot deformities that occur most often in women who wear high heels or shoes with a narrow toe box. These types of footwear may force your toes against the front of the shoe, causing an unnatural bending.

A hammertoe has an abnormal bend in the middle joint of a toe. Mallet toe affects the joint nearest the toenail. They are most likely to occur in the toe next to your big toe.

At first, a hammertoe or mallet toe may maintain its flexibility and lie flat when youre not wearing crowded footwear. But eventually, the tendons of the toe may contract and tighten, causing your toe to become permanently stiff. Your shoes can rub against the raised portion of the toe or toes, causing painful corns or calluses.

Relieving the pain and pressure of hammertoe and mallet toe may involve changing your footwear and wearing shoe inserts. In severe cases, a person may need surgery to experience relief.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.