Bunion and Hammertoe Treatment
Bunions and hammertoes are common conditions that cause physical deformities in the feet as a result of muscle disorders, injury, arthritis, abnormal walking habits or other factors. A bunion is an abnormal bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe, leading to swelling and pain. Hammertoes refers to a crooked, deviated or contracted toe, as well as an abnormal "v"-shaped bending of the little toes.
Patients with these conditions often have trouble walking, especially when wearing shoes. Bunions and hammertoes usually worsen over time, making successful treatment essential to relieving symptoms.
Treatment of bunions and hammertoes depends on the severity of the condition, but may range from changing shoes and applying ice to performing physical therapy and even surgery for severe cases. Surgery for bunions and hammertoes aims to relieve pain, inflammation, stiffness and physical deformity.
During these procedures, a small section of bone is removed from the foot through techniques such as arthroplasty, bunionectomy or arthrodesis to fuse together the joints in the toe. Metal screws, pins or plates may be used to hold the toe in position while it heals. Your doctor will determine the best treatment option for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.