Hammertoe Treatments

Hammertoes are caused by muscle imbalances in the toe. Ligaments and tendons of the toe are tightened, which causes the joint to buckle and appear slightly deformed. Hammertoe deformities are fixed structural deformities affecting one or multiple toes of the feet. Each toe (except the big toe) consists of 3 separate joints. Hammertoes can affect one of multiple joints of each toe. Hammertoe deformities cause a bending of the toe which is created by ‘jamming’ of bones in toe joints, and is considered one of the most common foot deformities. Most often it is seen in the middle joint of the toe causing a bend. This ailment is more common in women than men at a rate of about 5:1 and the incidence increases with age. Treatment options vary based on severities and symptoms.

Causes:

  • Injury
  • Wearing too tight shoes or high heels that crowd the toes
  • Tightness of ligaments and tendons due to other foot deformities such as bunion, flatfoot, high arch foot, etc.
  • Muscle imbalance due to other neuromuscular diseases
  • Age

Symptoms

  • Joint swelling or redness in the toe that can result in pain and inflammation
  • A corn or callus can develop on the top of the toe
  • Pain or callus on the tip of your toe due to constant rubbing
  • Infection
  • Visible bending of the toe
  • A callus can develop on the ball of the foot
  • Diabetics may develop an ulcer which can lead to digital amputation

Treatments

Conservative treatment options are utilized to reduce symptoms and for better functionality in daily life.  
  • Shoes with a larger toe box
  • Modification of the shoes
  • Avoiding high heels, especially ones with pointed toes
  • Orthotics provide better support and stability to your feet
  • Wearing soft pads over symptomatic areas of corns or calluses
  • Using toe crest pads to relieve pressure on the tip of the toe
  • Using creams to soften calluses
  • For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary
    • Cutting or lengthening tendons
    • Transferring tendons
    • Shaving or removing bone
    • Fusing the joint
    • Release of joint capsules
    • Inserting pins or implants

FASMA Doctors Performing This Specialty / Service

Dr. Ian Beiser

Washington, DC (19th Street)
Dr. Jason Birkel

Hampton, VA Newport News, VA
Dr. Man Cho

Reston, VA
Dr. Randall Contento

Gastonia
Dr. Elizabeth Daughtry

Cary, NC Dunn, NC
Dr. Louis DeFazio

Clarksville, MD
Dr. Mohammad Esmaili

Kensington, MD
Dr. Brian Futrell

Apex, NC Cary, NC
Dr. Adam Grahn

Greencastle, PA Hagerstown, MD
Dr. Brandy Grahn

Gettysburg, PA Hagerstown, MD
Dr. Allan Grossman

Harrisburg, PA
Dr. Richard Hauser

Cary, NC
Dr. Joel Kelly

Apex, NC Benson, NC
Dr. David Kirlin

Gastonia
Dr. Michelle Le

Rockville, MD (North Bethesda)
Podiatrist in Columbia, MD Dr. Andrew Liss

Columbia, MD Kensington, MD
Podiatrist Dr. Eric Masternick DPM Dr. Eric Masternick

Reston, VA
Dr. Ryan Meredith

Gastonia
Dr. Alexander Mount

Richmond, VA
Dr. Jenny Nguyen

Pasadena, MD
Dr. Jason Nolan

Cary, NC
Dr. Jacob Panici

Cary, NC Dunn, NC
Dr. Robert Pica

Richmond, VA
Dr. Matthew Rien

Harrisburg, PA
Dr. Mark Roemer

Hagerstown, MD
Dr. Betsy F. Rosenthal

Hagerstown, MD
Dr. Seth Rubenstein

Reston, VA
Podiatrist Dr. Gina M. Saffo DPM Dr. Gina M. Saffo

Annapolis, MD Greenbelt, MD
Dr. Wagner Santiago

Gastonia
Dr. Sagar Shah

Colonial Heights, VA Richmond, VA
Dr. Urja Shah, DPM Dr. Urja Shah

Annapolis, MD Greenbelt, MD
Dr. Mitchell Waskin

Richmond, VA
Dr. Daniel Yarmel

Harrisburg, PA Newport, PA

Locations

  1. Silver Spring, MD (Fenton)
    8630 Fenton Street Suite 1
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    Phone: 301-587-5666
    Fax: 301-589-4479

  2. Washington, DC (1775 K Street)
    1775 K Street NW Suite 580
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: 202-331-9727
    Fax: 202-887-0741

  3. Chapel Hill, NC
    1506 E. Franklin Street Suite 104
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Phone: 919=960-8858
    Fax: 919-960-2882

  4. Charlottesville, VA (Abbey Road)
    2050 Abbey Road Suite C
    Charlottesville, VA 22911
    Phone: 434-295-4443
    Fax: 434-295-8598

  5. Culpeper, VA
    530 Sunset Lane Suite A
    Culpeper, VA 22701
    Phone: 540-825-6113
    Fax: 540-825-4937

  6. Washington, DC (19th Street)
    1145 19th Street NW Suite 605
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202-833-9109
    Fax: 202-833-5762

  7. Clarksville, MD
    6100 Day Long Lane Suite 208
    Clarksville, MD 21029
    Phone: 443-535-8770
    Fax: 443-535-8775

  8. Mt Airy, MD (South)
    1502 S. Main Street Suite 307
    Mt Airy, MD 21771
    Phone: 301-829-2244
    Fax: 833-915-0243

  9. Frederick, MD (Thomas Johnson Drive)
    63 Thomas Johnson Dr Suite C
    Frederick, MD 21702
    Phone: 301-696-0818
    Fax: 301-696-8872

  10. Hampton, VA
    2210 Executive Drive Suite E
    Hampton, VA 23666
    Phone: 757-896-8800
    Fax: 757-896-8832

  11. Newport News, VA
    754 McGuire Place
    Newport News, VA 23601
    Phone: 757-599-5710
    Fax: 757-591-0552

  12. South Park, NC
    6831 Fairview Road A
    Charlotte, NC 28210
    Phone: 704-376-3947
    Fax: 704-376-9487

  13. Rockville, MD (Shady Grove Rd)
    15215 Shady Grove Rd Suite 307
    Rockville, MD 20850
    Phone: 240-268-7450
    Fax: 301-949-8833

  14. Wheaton, MD
    2730 University Blvd. W. Suite 1000
    Wheaton, MD 20902
    Phone: 301-949-3668
    Fax: 301-949-8833

  15. Holly Springs, NC
    1004 Werrington Drive, Ste. 300
    Holly Springs, NC 27540
    Phone: 919-850-9111
    Fax: 919-850-2499

  16. Raleigh, NC (Millbrook)
    1418 E. Millbrook Road
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    Phone: 919-850-9111
    Fax: 919-850-2499

  17. Reston, VA
    1860 Town Center Drive Suite 220
    Reston, VA 20190
    Phone: 703-391-0211
    Fax: 703-880-1192

  18. Gastonia
    251 Wilmot Dr
    Gastonia, NC 28054
    Phone: 704-861-0425
    Fax: 704-861-0274

  19. Cary, NC
    103 Parkway Office Court Suite 100
    Cary, NC 27518
    Phone: 919-481-3338
    Fax: 919-467-2436

  20. Dunn, NC
    700 Tilghman Drive Suite 722
    Dunn, NC 28334
    Phone: 910-892-3338
    Fax: 910-892-2706

  21. Kensington, MD
    10901 Connecticut Avenue Suite 200
    Kensington, MD 20895
    Phone: 301-949-2000
    Fax: 301-949-2002

  22. Chevy Chase, MD
    5530 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 945
    Chevy Chase, MD 20815
    Phone: 301-913-5225
    Fax: 301-913-9145

  23. Washington, DC (2021 K Street)
    2021 K Street NW Suite 520
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: 202-223-4616
    Fax: 202-223-0740

  24. Silver Spring, MD (International Drive)
    3801 International Drive Suite 204
    Silver Spring, MD 20906
    Phone: 301-598-0130
    Fax: 301-598-5091

  25. Apex, NC
    1001 Pemberton Hill Road Suite 102
    Apex, NC 27502
    Phone: 919-363-3310
    Fax: 919-363-3370

  26. Concord, NC
    492 Copperfield Blvd NE
    Concord, NC 28025
    Phone: 704-788-9797
    Fax: 704-788-6830

  27. University, NC
    8310 Medical Plaza Drive Suite E
    Charlotte, NC 28262
    Phone: 704-548-0222
    Fax: 704-548-1157

  28. Ballantyne, NC
    9216 Ardrey Kell Road Suite 100
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    Phone: 704-544-6517
    Fax: 704-544-2988

  29. Frederick, MD (Solarex Ct)
    604 Solarex Court Suite 103
    Frederick, MD 21703
    Phone: 301-698-9260
    Fax: 301-698-8962

  30. Greencastle, PA
    50 Eastern Ave Suite 122
    Greencastle, PA 17225
    Phone: 717-643-0795
    Fax: 717-643-0833

  31. Hagerstown, MD
    11110 Medical Campus Road Suite 100
    Hagerstown, MD 21742
    Phone: 301-739-1575
    Fax: 301-739-1578

  32. Gettysburg, PA
    506 W. Middle Street
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
    Phone: 717-778-3338
    Fax: 717-778-3340

  33. Harrisburg, PA
    4033 Linglestown Road Suite 1
    Harrisburg, PA 17112
    Phone: 717-651-0000

  34. Charlotte, NC (Myers Park)
    717 S. Torrence St.
    Charlotte, NC 28204
    Phone: 704-334-8682

  35. Charlotte, NC (South Charlotte)
    10370 Park Rd. #100
    Charlotte, NC 28210
    Phone: 704-542-8253

  36. Silver Spring, MD (MedStar-Leisure World)
    3305 N Leisure World Blvd.
    Silver Spring, MD 20906
    Phone: 301-598-0130
    Fax: 301-598-5091

  37. Benson, NC
    1 Medical Drive
    Benson, NC 27504
    Phone: 919-363-3310
    Fax: 919-363-3370

  38. Rockville, MD (North Bethesda)
    11801 Rockville Pike Suite 105
    Rockville, MD 20852
    Phone: 301-881-6222
    Fax: 301-881-1639

  39. Harrisburg, NC
    3800 Highway 49 South
    Harrisburg, NC 28075
    Phone: 704-455-2999
    Fax: 704-455-1624

  40. Columbia, MD
    11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy Suite 204
    Columbia, MD 21044
    Phone: 410-730-2623
    Fax: 410-992-4779

  41. Annapolis, MD
    129 Lubrano Drive Suite 303
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    Phone: 410-266-7575
    Fax: 410-266-7366

  42. Silver Spring, MD (White Oak)
    2415 Musgrove Road Suite 103
    Silver Spring, MD 20904
    Phone: 301-384-6500
    Fax: 301-384-6670

  43. Richmond, VA
    1465 Johnston Willis Drive
    Richmond, VA 23235
    Phone: 804-320-3668
    Fax: 804-320-2600

  44. Pasadena, MD
    8155 Ritchie Highway Suite B
    Pasadena, MD 21122
    Phone: 410-768-5800
    Fax: 410-768-5806

  45. Huntersville, NC
    16419 Northcross Dr Suite A
    Huntersville, NC 28078
    Phone: 704-987-9585

  46. Carrollton, VA
    13609 Carrollton Boulevard Suite 11
    Carrollton, VA 23314
    Phone: 757-238-9600
    Fax: 757-238-8750

  47. Greenbelt, MD
    7501 Greenway Center Dr Suite 810
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
    Phone: 301-577-4464
    Fax: 301-577-4702

  48. Colonial Heights, VA
    4730 Puddledock Rd.
    Prince George, VA 23875
    Phone: 804-320-3668

  49. Mooresville, NC
    206 Joe Knox Avenue Suite D
    Mooresville, NC 28117
    Phone: 704-235-0474
    Fax: 704-660-3987

  50. Mountain Island, NC
    10310 Couloak Drive Suite 200
    Charlotte, NC 28216
    Phone: 704-971-4000
    Fax: 704-971-2379

  51. McConnellsburg, PA
    214 Peach Orchard Road
    McConnellsburg, PA 17233
    Phone: 301-739-1575
    Fax: 301-739-1578

  52. Mechanicsburg, PA
    2025 Technology Parkway Suite 201
    Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
    Phone: 717-651-0000

  53. Fishersville, VA
    66 Parkway Lane Suite 102
    Fishersville, VA 22939
    Phone: 540-949-5150
    Fax: 540-932-8535

  54. Orange, VA
    175-C Spicers Mill Road
    Orange, VA 22960
    Phone: 540-672-1402
    Fax: 540-825-4937

  55. Newport, PA
    300 Bretz Ct
    Newport, PA 17074
    Phone: 717-651-0000