Hammer Toes Specialist

Jeremy Moran, DPM -  - Podiatrist


Jeremy Moran, DPM

Podiatrist located in Tomball, TX

Hammertoes can lead to an abnormal bend in your toe that forces your toe to rub up against the insides of your shoes, which causes severe pain. If you’re struggling with hammertoes, you can receive effective treatments at ToeOp in Tomball, Texas. Find out which hammertoe treatment is right for you by scheduling an exam today. You can conveniently book an appointment through the website or you can call the office directly.

Hammer Toes

Why do I have hammertoes?

Hammertoes are deformities that occur in the joint nearest the base of your smaller toes. You can also develop a similar condition in the joint nearest your nails, which is known as a mallet toe. In either case, the underlying cause is often a connective tissue imbalance.

Normally, muscles, ligaments, and tendons keep your toes straight. But if your smaller toes are constantly squeezed into tight shoes, they’re forced to bend abnormally. Over time, muscles and connective tissues become accustomed to this new bent position and wind up staying that way.

Having smaller toes that are longer than your big toes can increase your risk of developing hammertoes, as well as mallet toes. This is why this deformity most commonly affects the second toe.

Your chances of developing hammertoes are also high if you have inherited structural deformities, such as unstable joints. Hammertoes are even sometimes linked to toe trauma or arthritis. 


What are the symptoms of hammertoes?

Hammertoes usually start out as flexible, meaning you can straighten them out. As hammertoes progress, they start to stiffen up and become rigid. Depending on the severity of your hammertoes (or mallet toes), you may experience:

  • Corns and calluses
  • Burning sensations 
  • Inflammation or tenderness

Because untreated hammertoes can progress and lead to agonizing foot pain, schedule an evaluation at ToeOp, even if your hammertoes seem like a minor issue. 


Can I get treatment for hammertoes?

Yes. ToeOp provides modern, innovative hammertoe solutions, so you can expect fast and effective relief for minor to complex toe deformities. Depending on the severity of your hammertoes, you may need:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Foot shields or padding
  • Splinting and strapping
  • Changes in footwear
  • Custom orthotics 

ToeOp even provides in-office, minimal incision hammertoe and mallet toe correction procedures to permanently correct your toe misalignment issues. With so many treatment options available, you won’t have to live with toe and foot pain another day. 

Before your hammertoes cause you any more discomfort, schedule an evaluation at ToeOp. Book your appointment online or over the phone today.