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. Brandy Grahn

Gettysburg, PA Hagerstown, MD
Dr. Michelle Le

Rockville, MD (North Bethesda)
Dr. Robert Pica

Richmond, VA
Dr. Alexander Mount

Richmond, VA
Dr. Mitchell Waskin

Richmond, VA
Dr. Louis De Fazio

Annapolis, MD Clarksville, MD
Dr. Zakia Sultana

Pasadena, MD
Dr. Mark Roemer

Hagerstown, MD
Podiatrist Dr. Gina M. Saffo DPM Dr. Gina M. Saffo

Annapolis, MD Greenbelt, MD
Dr. Seth Rubenstein

Reston, VA
Podiatrist Dr. Eric Masternick DPM Dr. Eric Masternick

Reston, VA
Dr. Andrew Liss

Columbia, MD Kensington, MD
Podiatrist Dr. Ira Gottlieb DPM Dr. Ira J. Gottlieb

Pasadena, MD
Dr. Casey Friske

Clarksville, MD
Podiatrist Dr. Mo Esmaili DPM Dr. Mohammad Esmaili

Kensington, MD
Podiatrist Dr. Ian Beiser DPM Dr. Ian Beiser

Washington, DC (19th Street)
Dr. Man Cho

Reston, VA

Locations

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

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

  3. Mt Airy, MD (North)
    1502 S. Main Street Suite 104
    Mt Airy, MD 21771
    Phone: (301) 829-2244
    Fax: (301) 698-8962

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

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

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

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

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

  9. Washington, DC (I Street)
    1720 I Street NW Suite 402
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: (202) 331-9727
    Fax: (202) 887-0741

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. Pasadena, MD
    8028 Governor Ritchie Hwy Suite 100
    Pasadena, MD 21122
    Phone: (410) 768-5800
    Fax: (410) 768-5806

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  31. Mt Airy, MD (South)
    1502 S. Main Street Suite 307
    Mt Airy, MD 21771
    Phone: 301-696-0818
    Fax: 301-696-8872