Are there non-surgical options to provide relief from a hammertoe?
Yes. You can:
- Avoid wearing tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes
- Wear a shoe with a deep toe box
- Place a hammertoe pad around the bony prominence of the hammertoe to decrease pressure
- Apply ice packs several times a day to reduce swelling
- Do some exercises to stretch and strengthen the toe muscles
- See a podiatrist and, if the hammertoe is diagnosed in the early stages, a custom-made orthotic may be used to restore stability to the foot
Note that, with the exception of the last item on the above list, while these methods may make your hammertoe feel better, they will not cure the condition. It will be necessary to see a podiatrist to repair the toe to allow for normal foot function.
If you think you may have a hammertoe, contact us to set up an appointment with Dr. Bembynista, who will evaluate your toe and make a recommendation for treatment, if necessary.
- American Podiatric Medical Association:
- Mayo Clinic: