Hammertoe Specialist

Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS -  - Podiatrist

Orange County Podiatry

Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS

Podiatrist located in Orange, CA & Irvine, CA

A hammertoe is a permanent bend in your toe that can lead to so much pain and inflammation, slipping on the comfiest of shoes causes discomfort. At the practice of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, which boasts locations in Irvine and Orange, California, you can receive in-office hammertoe treatments to get the fast relief you need. Book your hammertoe evaluation online or call your nearest Orange County clinic directly.

Hammertoe Q & A

What causes a hammertoe?

Hammertoes are toe joint deformities that lead to an abnormal bend in your smaller toes. While hammertoes aren’t typically a medical concern, if ignored, they can worsen and cause serious foot pain. You can develop a hammertoe due to:

  • Tight or pointy shoes
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Inherited foot mechanics
  • Injury or trauma, like stubbing your toe
  • Having smaller toes that are longer than your big toe

These issues can cause an imbalance in your toe muscles and connective tissues. As a result, muscles and tendons have a difficult time keeping your toe straight and start getting used to the bent position of your toe.

When should I get treatment for a hammertoe?

Initially, a hammertoe is flexible and can flatten back into its natural position. Over time, often due to regular wear of snug-fitting shoes, a hammertoe starts to stiffen.

Ideally, you’d schedule an exam with Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, while your hammertoe is still flexible and easier to correct.

It’s especially important to have a comprehensive podiatric exam if your hammertoe is stiff and rigid, or if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Painful corns
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain that keeps you from enjoyable activities

Dr. Vincent spends time examining you and may even look at digital X-ray imaging to determine the extent of your toe joint deformity to better design your hammertoe treatment plan.

How are hammertoes treated?

In many cases, Dr. Vincent puts together a package of conservative hammertoe treatments first to see if you get relief from pain and inflammation. Your hammertoe treatment plan may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Personalized stretches
  • Changes in footwear
  • Padding or shields
  • Taping or splinting
  • Custom orthotics
  • Corn removal

If you have a severely rigid or painful hammertoe, Dr. Vincent could suggest hammertoe surgery. This minimally invasive procedure can be used for several toes during a single surgery to release rigid connective tissues and correct the alignment of your toe joints.

Schedule your hammertoe examination at an office of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, today. Click on the online scheduler or call your closest office location to book.

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