Can a hammertoe splint help cure a hammertoe?
No. However, if you have a Flexible Hammertoe, a hammertoe splint does help to loosen constricted soft tissue in the toe and may reduce the painful effects slightly. Further, a splint can stabilize the toe and help to prevent it from rubbing against a shoe and forming a corn.The deformity of the middle joint of the hammertoe is caused by a imbalance of the small muscles in the arch,this makes the tendon contract and cause pressure on top of the toe bone causing pain from wearing shoes.Treatment can be a office type procedure to correct a flexible hammer toe by re-balancing of the tendons to the toe.
If you have a Rigid Hammertoe, a hammertoe splint to straighten the toe will be ineffective and might even make the toe more painful or cause additional foot discomfort from abnormal function of the foot and ankle. Most rigid hammertoes have a bend involving the bones and joints that is rigid and are not affected by hammertoe splints anyway. Changing footwear can be helpful with a deeper toe box in front of the shoe
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. We have offices in Overland Park and Kansas City.
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