Hammertoes FAQ

Doctor checking hammertoe conditionHow are hammertoes treated?

Hammertoes may be treated conservatively or surgically, depending on the severity of your condition, your lifestyle goals, and other factors.

Conservative strategies will not “fix” a hammertoe—that is, it won’t return it to its original alignment—but may offer adequate relief from pain and return to activity if the joints remain flexible. Such methods include footwear adjustments (especially switching to pairs with more room in the front for toes), custom orthotics, splinting or strapping, and other options.

If there’s significant pain or open sores, especially if the joints have become rigid and inflexible, we’ll likely recommend surgical correction. A number of different procedures can be conducted; one will be selected based on a thorough examination, as well as a discussion with you.

As always, a proactive strategy is best. Hammertoes are a progressive condition; they will not improve without treatment, and the sooner you seek help, the better the long-term prognosis. To set up an appointment with Associates in Podiatry, please call 609-924-8333 for Princeton or 908-687-5757 for Roselle Park.