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Can My Hammertoe Be Corrected with Orthotics?

Can My Hammertoe Be Corrected with Orthotics?

Hammertoe 一 a common foot condition that can cause discomfort and pain 一 is characterized by an abnormal bending of your toes, resembling a hammer. This deformity often occurs in the second, third, or fourth toes and can result from various factors such as genetics, tight footwear, or muscle imbalances. 

If you have hammertoe, you might wonder if orthotics can help correct this condition, and the answer is yes! 

Our team of expert podiatrists at the Manhattan Podiatry Associates, PC, offers many different treatments for hammertoe, including orthotics, stretches and exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, and at times, surgery. 

If you’re struggling with the pain and discomfort of hammertoe, we encourage you to visit either our Midtown or Downtown Manhattan office to get the right treatment for you.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know about orthotics as a potential treatment for your hammertoe.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that provide support and alignment for your feet. We make custom orthotics based on your unique anatomy.

Orthotics — which fall into one of two categories: accommodative or functional — are commonly used to address a wide range of foot problems, including flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and bunions. These inserts help distribute pressure more evenly across your foot, improve foot mechanics, and alleviate pain.

How can orthotics help with hammertoe?

While orthotics can’t reverse the deformity caused by hammertoe, they can provide significant relief from the associated symptoms. Here are some ways orthotics can help if you suffer from hammertoe:

Redistribution of pressure

Orthotics can help redistribute pressure on your foot, reducing the strain on your affected toes. By providing cushioning and support, they can alleviate discomfort and pain caused by hammertoe.

Improved foot alignment

Orthotics can help improve the alignment of your foot and correct any imbalances in your muscles and tendons. By promoting proper foot mechanics, they can minimize the progression of hammertoe and prevent further complications.

Reduction of friction

Hammertoe can lead to the formation of painful corns and calluses. Orthotics can help reduce friction by providing padding and cushioning, thus preventing the development of these skin irritations.

Enhanced stability

Orthotics offer stability and support to your feet, which can be beneficial for hammertoe. By providing a more stable base, orthotics can improve your balance and reduce your risk of falls or injuries associated with this foot condition.

Should you consider orthotics for hammertoe?

If you’re experiencing discomfort or pain due to hammertoe, don’t brush off your symptoms. Our team can evaluate your condition and determine whether orthotics are suitable for you. In some cases, orthotics may be recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes stretching exercises, footwear modifications, or other interventions. 

It's important to note that while orthotics can provide relief from the symptoms of hammertoe, they may not be a stand-alone solution for correcting the deformity. Severe cases of hammertoe may require more invasive treatments, such as surgery, to realign your toes.

Orthotics can play a role in your comprehensive treatment plan

There’s no denying that orthotics can be a valuable tool in managing your symptoms and improving overall foot function. They can help alleviate pain, redistribute pressure, and enhance stability. However, it's crucial to consult with our team to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for your specific condition. 

Book an appointment today so we can get started guiding you through the available options and develop a personalized plan to address your hammertoe effectively. Call our location most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Remember, early intervention is key in preventing the progression of hammertoe and minimizing its impact on your daily life.

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