Proper footwear is perhaps the most important consideration in the treatment of claw and hammer toes. The proper shoe should provide an adequate toe area to accommodate the claw toes. Select a shoe with a high, broad toe box that provides enough room in the front area to reduce friction against the toes.
Other treatment options include purchasing foot products specifically designed to relieve claw toes, such as hammer toe splints and toe crests. These are designed to help hold down the deformed toes and provide much needed relief to the foot. Silicone toe caps and gel toe shields are also recommended to help eliminate friction between the toe and shoe, while providing lubrication and comfort.
Surgery to remove a portion of the bone at the deformed joint is also often successful in correcting these deformities. This can be accomplished as an outpatient surgery often under local anesthesia with some sedation.
Why Dr. Joseph Hecht?
Dr. Hecht is board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of foot and ankle conditions, preservation and treatment options. As one of the top Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Hecht brings years of valuable experience to every assessment.