Hammer Toe Specialist

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Aurora, CO

Hammertoes that are severely painful or don’t respond to treatment may require surgery. Board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Erik J. Thelander, DPM, FACFAS, and his team perform same-day outpatient hammertoe surgery at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists in Aurora, Colorado. If you suffer from pain or restricted movement from a hammertoe, call or book an appointment online today.

Hammer Toe

What is a hammertoe?

A hammertoe happens when the middle joint of your second, third, or fourth toe bends so that it looks like a hammer. When hammertoes first occur, they’re usually still flexible and easy to treat without surgery. However, hammertoes that remain untreated can become progressively worse.

Dr. Thelander offers same-day, outpatient surgery to correct an inflexible hammertoe at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists.

What causes hammertoe?

Hammertoe may result from an injury — such as breaking or stubbing your toe — or from an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in your foot. Other times, wearing shoes that don’t fit properly can cause hammertoe.

Shoes that are too narrow, tight, or confining at the forefoot can push your toes into a bent position that leads to hammertoe. High heels may also add increased pressure to the toes, worsening the condition.

What are the symptoms of hammertoe?

Common hammertoe symptoms include:

  • An abnormal bend in the toe
  • Toe pain while wearing shoes
  • Redness and swelling of the affected joint
  • Corns or calluses on the affected toe

It’s important to see Dr. Thelander as soon as you notice hammertoe symptoms, as this condition is much easier to treat in its early stages.

How do you diagnose and treat hammertoe?

Dr. Thelander and his expert team begin by examining your foot and thoroughly reviewing your medical history. He may move your toes or take an on-site X-ray to determine the extent of your hammertoe.

Then, he discusses the best treatment for your particular hammertoe condition. Hammertoes that are still flexible may improve with nonsurgical treatment, such as:

  • Switching to more comfortable, roomier shoes
  • Wearing pads for corns and calluses
  • Taking oral anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling

Hammertoes that become rigid or don’t improve after conservative treatments may require surgery. Dr. Thelander is an expert foot and ankle surgeon who offers same-day procedures on an outpatient basis, meaning you don’t have to check into a hospital.

Don’t wait until your hammertoe becomes severely painful or inflexible, call Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online for prompt treatment.