Hammertoes Specialist

Brad Hayman, DPM -  - Podiatric Surgeon

Complete Foot & Ankle Care

Brad Hayman, DPM

Podiatric Surgeon located in Prescott, AZ

Hammertoes are uncomfortable deformities in your small toes — usually in your second toes — that are often associated with painful corns. Before your hammertoe worsens, visit with double board-certified podiatrist Brad Hayman, DPM, CWS, of Complete Foot & Ankle Care in Prescott, Arizona. Dr. Hayman offers several types of cutting-edge hammertoe solutions, so you can get relief once and for all. Book your hammertoe evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office.

Hammertoes Q & A

What causes a hammertoe?

A hammertoe is an abnormal bend of your toe that’s caused by an imbalance in muscles and connective tissues. Hammertoes can develop if one of your little toes is longer than your big toe.

For instance, if your second toe is longer than your big toe, each time you wear shoes, your second toe probably gets squished down. Over time, the continuous scrunching causes your toe to get stuck in this position.

But there are other reasons why you may develop hammertoes. Your risk of having one or more hammertoes increases due to:

  • Previous injury or trauma
  • Inherited foot shape
  • Having bunions
  • Severe arthritis

It isn’t always known why you have hammertoes, though. Because hammertoes are known for causing discomfort, especially as time goes on, it’s important to get treatment right away.


Do hammertoes cause symptoms?

The longer you leave a hammertoe untreated, the more likely it is to cause symptoms. Initially, hammertoes are generally flexible, meaning you can physically move and bend them. As your deformity progresses, though, that hammertoe can become rigid.

In either case, hammertoes can cause a wide variety of symptoms and related issues. If you have a hammertoe, you may experience:

  • Toe stiffness
  • Toe pain or swelling
  • Corns across the tops of your toes
  • Calluses along the bottoms or sides of your toes

Sometimes hammertoes are associated with mallet toes. This type of toe deformity is similar — and causes similar symptoms — but the joint that’s affected is right next to your toenail, so your toe resembles a mallet.


How are hammertoes treated?

Dr. Hayman tends to start you out with conservative, nonsurgical treatments to see if your condition and symptoms improve. Your personalized hammertoe treatment plan may include:

  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Padding corns or calluses
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Changes in footwear
  • Splinting or strapping
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If needed, Dr. Hayman can also perform minimally invasive arthroscopic hammertoe surgery. Hammertoe surgery, which is generally a last resort, involves releasing your rigid connective tissue, so your toe can relax.

If your hammertoe was caused by a nearby bunion, Dr. Hayman may correct your bunion during the same surgery. No matter which type of solution is right for you, you have plenty of options for hammertoe relief at Complete Foot & Ankle Care.


Schedule your hammertoe evaluation today. You can either request an appointment online or call the clinic directly.