Hammertoes Exist to Disrupt

Hammertoes can happen for a number of reasons; yet, the cause is usually traced to your shoes. Can you believe that it’s your actions that may be causing your hammertoes? Don’t worry though, there’s something you can do about it.

First, it’s important to know that aside from improperly-fitting shoes, they can also develop from trauma to the toes or from the genetic disposition. When the toe joints are subjected to excessive and chronic pressure, they can become fixed in an abnormal upward shape, creating a hammer-looking toe. The easiest way to start the healing process and decrease pain from hammertoes is to acquire shoes with wide toe boxes. It is only when the toe joints become rigid and conservative measures are exhausted that surgery is discussed.

Treatment for hammertoes includes:

Our expert foot doctor at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM located in Chicago, Illinois, can help you with your hammertoe woes and create an individualized treatment plan to repair your toe deformity, as well as any other podiatric issues you may have. Come to see Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos by making an appointment with our office at (773) 561-8100 and in the meantime, check out our Patient Education Library for additional resources.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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