How Are Toe Deformities Treated?
The best course of action is to visit our office as early as possible, before you develop painful symptoms associated with your toe deformity.
Surgery is the only way to realign a joint that has begun to drift out of place, but conservative treatments can often halt the pain and slow the progression if you intervene early enough. We don’t like to jump to surgery and try to avoid it as much as possible.
Non-invasive options include:
- Switching to wider, more comfortable, and more supportive shoes. (We’ll provide a guide with recommendations on what to wear.)
- Custom orthotics that support the feet and deflect pressure away from the unstable joints.
- Taping, padding, or splinting the toe back into alignment if possible. (This won’t work if the joint has become arthritic and rigid.)
Surgery is the only way to restore a bunion or hammertoe back to an anatomically correct alignment. If your deformity is severe, or if you’ve attempted at least three months of conservative treatments without success, it may be your only option.
The goal of surgery is to allow your feet to look and function normally and without pain, so that you can wear shoes and enjoy active hobbies without restriction.
At Precision Foot and Ankle, we understand the surgery may be frustrating and perhaps even frightening, so we work hard to make the process as easy as possible, with the minimum attainable interference in your daily life.
Surgeries for both bunions and hammertoes are typically performed on an out-patient basis here at our office, in a single appointment. The type of surgery required will depend on the severity of your condition, but we will always try to keep it as minimally invasive as possible. Some procedures even allow limited walking immediately after surgery.
To prevent ingrown toenails, it is best to avoid trimming your toenails too short. Trim your toenails straight across instead of curving at the edges. Trying to cut out the ingrown edges can make the condition worse over time. If this is the first time you are experiencing an ingrown toenail, you may also try to soak your feet in lukewarm water with epsom salts. If you do not notice improvement in your symptoms within a couple of days, see your local podiatrist for further management before the condition becomes worse. In general, home treatment does little to fix the problem and can make the problem worse.
When To See Your Podiatrist
You should see your podiatrist if you continue to experience pain and redness or if your symptoms worsen. Your podiatrist will perform a minor procedure to remove the offending nail border and improve your pain. The procedure will likely be performed with local anesthesia to make you comfortable. They may also prescribe an antibiotic to treat the infection if needed. Most people experience minimal pain after the procedure and can resume normal activity the next day.
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