Hammertoe Treatment for Residents of Rochelle, IL & Surrounding Areas
Hammertoe treatment may be needed if a toe becomes permanently bent in a downward position. Often a result of foot arthritis or wearing tight shoes, a hammertoe can be painful if the bent toe becomes irritated from constant friction. If you’re experiencing this type of foot pain, you can consult with the experts at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute near Rochelle, Illinois. We emphasize highly personalized orthopaedic care, including hammertoe treatment provided by an experienced foot and ankle expert who has exceptional skills and a compassionate bedside manner.
In most cases, the foot and ankle specialist at MOI near Rochelle, IL, finds that nonsurgical hammertoe treatment can effectively address the muscle imbalance in the bent toe, and thereby alleviate any associated discomfort. Depending on the severity of a patient’s symptoms, we might recommend:
- A course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy
- “Buddy taping” (bandaging the damaged toe together with an adjacent healthy toe for added support during the healing process)
- Custom shoe inserts
- Cortisone injections
In general, our preference is to avoid surgical hammertoe treatment in favor of conservative therapies whenever possible, reserving surgery only for those individuals who have very severe or debilitating pain. If we determine that a surgical procedure is appropriate, our goal will be to reposition the affected toe into proper alignment in order to reduce pain and enhance function. There are several procedures that can be performed to accomplish this, including tendon transfer, joint resection, and joint fusion. We can recommend the optimal approach for a patient based on his or her specific needs.
Regardless of whether a patient has conservative or surgical hammertoe treatment (or both), it will be important for him or her to learn how to prevent the problem from coming back in the future. At MOI, we provide each patient with individualized advice and guidance. Typically, the most important preventive strategy is to always wear roomy, low-heeled shoes that do not pressure the toes.
If you’d like to discuss hammertoe treatment with a foot and ankle specialist at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office near Rochelle, IL.