Podiatry Office in Hicksville
If you have a hammertoe you know that it can be a painful condition. There are many different treatments for hammertoes depending on how advanced the condition is. If you are looking for a top-notch Hicksville hammertoe doctor, you will want to come visit us at our practice, Gary B. Feldman, DPM.
Our expert and highly trained podiatrist is Dr. Gary Feldman. He is a specialist in diagnosing, and fully treating foot and ankle disorders. Many of our patients come in to see us when they have a hammertoe. A hammertoe is a common condition that occurs when a tow bends at the first joint and causes the toe to stay in a different position, looking like an upside down “V.” this condition can happen to any toe but it is most common in toes other than the big toe. Hammertoes are more common in women than in men and occur in two different ways. A hammertoe can be flexible. This type of hammertoe is easier to treat because it is still developing. In fact the toe can still be moved at the affected joint. Once a hammertoe has fully developed, it becomes stiffened and cannot move. This is called a rigid hammertoe. If the patient has arthritis or has waited too long for treatment, this situation will develop. Usually at this point the condition can only be treated with surgery by our Hicksville hammertoe doctor.
A hammertoe can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight, by arthritis in the toe, or by an abnormal balance of the muscles in the toes. Hereditary factors can also play a part in a person developing a hammertoe. If left untreated a hammertoe will become rigid and can only be treated by surgery. Therefore it is wise to see our Hicksville hammertoe doctor when the condition first begins. Our podiatrist will be able to definitively diagnose your specific foot situation. The affected toe will need to be x-rayed, and then a treatment plan will be discussed. Our podiatrist will be able to possibly begin by patting and taping the toe to reduce pain and to allow for easy walking. If pain has become intense our doctor will be able to provide you with cortisone injections to help reduce the pain and inflammation. He may prescribe custom shoe orthotic devices to help restore more normal foot function, and prevent the condition from becoming worse. In most severe conditions, our foot doctor will discuss different surgical options with you. If you would like an appointment to see our podiatrist about your hammertoe or other foot problem, contact us today.