A hammer toe is a toe that’s curled due to a bend in the middle joint of a toe. Mallet toe is similar but affects the upper joint of a toe. Otherwise, any differences between hammer toes and mallet toes are subtle.
Both hammertoe and mallet toe are commonly caused by shoes that are too short or heels that are too high. Under these conditions, your toe may be forced against the front of your shoe, resulting in an unnatural bending of your toe and a hammer-like or claw-like appearance.
Relieving the pain and pressure of hammertoe and mallet toe may involve changing your footwear and wearing shoe inserts. If you have a more severe case of hammertoe or mallet toe, you may need surgery to experience relief.
Hammer toe treatment options:
- Proper shoe gear with wider shoes.
- Stretching and tapping
Mallet toe is a digital deformity that occurs in the sagittal plane and affects only the distal phalanx. Usually, patients will see a callused area on the end of the toe and top of the last joint (DIPJ).
- Proper shoe gear with gel padding.
- Stretching and tapping.
- Surgical procedure with a releasing the long flexor tendon (tenotomy) or distal phalanx arthroplasty.
Accepted Insurance Plans
Health insurance plans in Missouri that Arch City Foot & Ankle are contracted to:
- United Health Care
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield
- Anthem BCBS
- Railroad Medicare
- Healthcare USA
Please contact the office if your insurance plan is not listed above.