Hammer Toe Surgery

Hammertoe Surgery in Atlanta, GA

What are Hammertoes and What Causes Them?

A hammertoe is a deformity in the joint of your toe, causing your toe to bend outward, creating a hammer-like shape. Hammertoes can develop from an imbalance of the muscles or tendons in your toe. Your risk of developing a hammertoe increases if you wear shoes that are too narrow or pointed, without enough room for your toes to move around.

How To Prevent Hammertoes

Wearing appropriate shoes is the most important way you can prevent hammertoes. Appropriate shoes will have enough room for your toes to move and not become crushed against each other. You should also:

  • Wear wedges, cushions, or pads inside your shoes to eliminate friction
  • Stretch your toes individually with your fingers to keep them flexible
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication to reduce swelling and pain

Non-surgical Treatment for Hammertoes

Non-surgical treatment for hammertoes is usually tried first. Your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Custom footwear and orthotics to correct a tendon or muscle imbalance
  • Splints and other devices to realign your toes and foot
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling in your toe joint
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling

Surgical Treatment for Hammertoes

If you have a hammertoe that is severe and affecting your mobility, or if your hammertoe isn’t responding to non-surgical options, hammertoe surgery is recommended. Hammertoe surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. The surgery will involve removing a piece of bone from the toe joint or releasing the tendons attached to the joint, to make it easier to reposition and realign your toe.

What To Expect After Hammertoe Surgery

After your surgery, you will probably need to wear a shoe or boot, but you should not need crutches. You will need to elevate your foot for the first few days after your surgery. Hammertoe surgery recovery can require several weeks, and you may not be able to drive a car for several weeks if the hammertoe surgery was performed on your right foot.

Want To Know More About Hammertoe Surgery?

To find out more about hammertoes and hammertoe surgery, call Drs. Heather Hall Morse, Raymond Noonan, and Abigail Skov at Northside Podiatry in Atlanta, GA. You can reach them in the office by calling (404) 843-0090, so call today.

Northside Podiatry


5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Ste 420,
Atlanta, GA 30342-1713