Hammertoe Deformities

Hammertoes, claw toes, mallot toes are some of the most common foot deformities that we see in patients. This affects the middle joints of the smaller toes, causing toes to bend downward. This problem can also lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness. While our podiatrist, Dr. Douglas Robinson can treat these issues through nonsurgical methods, sometimes surgery is necessary in more severe and progressive cases.

Coming in for a Consultation

Whether you’re looking to get a diagnosis from our team of podiatrists, or you want to discuss your treatment options when it comes hammertoes, we will first examine your foot and its mobility. We will also run X-rays to check the severity of the deformity. From there, we will discuss the symptoms you may experience as a result of this condition, and ways to slow the progression. 

Creating a Treatment Plan

Once we have analyzed and examine your feet, we can begin crafting your very own treatment plan. Most patients are relieved to find out that conservative treatment options such as modified activities, special footwear, and foot exercises can often provide relief; however, if your toe problem isn’t responding to home treatment and nonsurgical care, or if your deformity is large and painful, these are signs that you may benefit from surgery.

Surgery to Correct Mal-Aligned Toes

If you need to have corrective surgery to repair the deformed toe, Dr. Robinson specializes in these types of foot surgeries. Procedures are performed under local anesthesia, which will numb the treatment area.  The procedure takes less than an hour and patients will go home the very same day.

Correcting a hammertoe is fairly straightforward and easy, depending on the severity and the number of toes we need to correct. Several techniques may be used to correct the deformity. The most common technique is a soft tissue procedure called a Flexor Tenotomy and Capsulotomy.   This reduces the contracture so the toe lies flatter.  Healing time is initially less than a week.

Your feet must get the proper treatment and care they need if you are dealing with hammertoes. By catching these issues early, Dr. Robinson can help you manage symptoms without ever having to resort to surgery.


If You  Need Treatment For Hammertoes, Call Douglas S. Robinson, DPM, FACFAS In Campbell, CA serving the communities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Milpitas, Scotts Valley and Silicon Valley Today At (408) 370-3338 To Schedule An Appointment!