Hammertoe services offered in Scottsdale, AZ


Hammertoe can cause several issues for your feet if it goes untreated. If you suffer from this condition, you can rely on Paul Ledesma, DPM, Scott Shindler, DPM, and Jaminelli Banks, DPM, at Ledesma Foot and Ankle in Scottsdale, Arizona, for excellent care. Call the friendly staff today or use the online scheduling tool whenever you’re ready to request an appointment.

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bending or curling of one or more of your smaller toes, usually the second, third, or fourth toe. This condition causes the affected toe to bend at the middle joint, resembling a hammer, hence the name "hammertoe." It can be flexible initially, but without intervention, it may become rigid over time.

What causes hammertoe?

Hammertoe development stems from various factors: foot structure and genetic predispositions, ill-fitting footwear like tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes, and imbalances in muscles and tendons controlling toe movement. 

These elements collectively contribute to the bending or curling of your toes, which causes hammertoe.

Can hammertoe cause complications if it goes untreated?

Hammertoe, if left untreated, can potentially lead to several complications, including:

Corns and calluses

The bent toe can rub against your footwear, leading to the formation of corns or calluses on the top or tip of your toe, causing discomfort or pain.

Pain and discomfort

Hammertoe can cause pain and discomfort while walking or wearing shoes, particularly if your toe rubs against footwear or if there's pressure on the affected area.

Limited mobility

Severe hammertoe can restrict your toe's movement, leading to difficulty in flexing or straightening your toe.

Does hammertoe require surgery?

Treatment for hammertoe will depend on the severity of your condition. In the early stages, nonsurgical methods might effectively manage symptoms and prevent your condition from worsening. These methods include:

  • Wearing proper footwear (i.e., shoes with a wide toe box and low heels)
  • Toe exercises (to improve toe flexibility and muscle balance)
  • Custom-made orthotic devices or pads (to provide support and relieve pressure)

In more severe or advanced cases where nonsurgical treatments fail to provide relief, your Ledesma Foot and Ankle provider might recommend surgical intervention. 

Hammertoe surgery can straighten the affected toe, release tightened tendons or ligaments, and correct the deformity. Surgical procedures vary based on your specific condition and may involve removing bone segments, realigning tendons, or joint fusions.

If you suspect you have hammertoe, reach out to Ledesma Foot and Ankle today by phone or online to request an appointment.