Q What causes hammertoes?
Hammertoes could have a multitude of possible causes, both genetic and environmental in natural.
The core problem is muscles out of balance. Muscle groups work in pairs to move a toe; when one member of the pair is significantly stronger than the other, the weaker muscle maybe unable to re-straighten the toe.
Factors that can lead to the imbalance include:
- Family history of hammertoes
- Frequently wearing high heels or other narrow shoes that prevent toes from lying flat and/or put significant weight and pressure on the toes
- Nerve problems, including those associated with stroke or diabetes
If you notice a hammertoe beginning to develop, it’s important to address the problem quickly, before the joint becomes rigid and inflexible—doing so can help restrict the treatment plan to conservative treatments and give you the best chance at avoiding surgery. To set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger in Palm Desert, contact our office online, or dial 760-568-0108 today.