There are several treatment options that vary according to how severe is the hammertoe. If these traditional hammertoe treatments fail to provide results, your surgeon may suggest soft tissue surgery to release the tendon, joint arthroplasty, or joint fusion.
About this Treatment
- Wear good-fitting shoes; this does not necessarily mean expensive shoes.
- Padding any prominent areas around the bony point of the toe may help to relieve pain.
- Drugs that reduce inflammation can ease pain and swelling. Sometimes, a doctor will use cortisone injections to relieve acute pain.
- An orthotics specialist or qualified medical provider such as a podiatrist may also custom-make an insert to wear inside your shoe. This can reduce pain and keep the hammertoe from getting worse.
- Over-the-counter metatarsal pads that are properly placed may help.
- The doctor may recommend foot exercises to help restore muscle balance. Splinting the toe may help in the very early stages.