Can a hammer toe be corrected without surgery?
There is no effective nonsurgical treatment that can correct a hammertoe deformity. Patients may find a relief by using shoes with a wide toe box, open-toe shoes, or custom shoes. Exercises of the intrinsic muscles in the foot can promote more muscle balance.
How do you fix a hammer toe at home?
How do I take care of my hammertoes? Are there any at-home treatments?
- Decrease pressure to the area by applying a commercial, non-medicated hammertoe pad.
- Wear shoes with a deep toebox.
- Avoid heels that are taller than two inches.
- Apply an ice pack if there’s swelling.
- Wear loose-fitting shoes.
Can you correct a hammer toe?
Initially, hammer toes are flexible and can be corrected with simple measures but, if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery. A hammer toe deformity of the second toe. Pressure from the patient’s shoe has caused a corn to develop on the raised portion of the toe.
Does taping a hammer toe help?
Taping a hammer toe. Wrap tape under the big toe (or the toe next to the hammer toe), then over the hammer toe, and then under the next toe. This gently forces the hammer toe into a normal position. But it doesn’t straighten the toe permanently.
How do you stretch a hammer toe manually?
MANUAL STRETCH To do this, take a sit on the floor with the legs stretched out in front. Wrap a towel around the toes and pull it backward. Hold it for 20 to 30 seconds. It is also possible to pull the toes back using hands.
Do hammer toes ever go away?
Hammertoes are progressive—they do not go away by themselves and usually they will get worse over time.
What is the best treatment for hammer toe?
Our doctors often recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce swelling and relieve pain in the toes. These medications are taken by mouth, and many are available over the counter. If they don’t ease pain, your doctor may recommend a prescription pain relief medication.