Bunions & Hammertoes
When you need expert care for a bunion or hammertoe, you should come in and see Dr. Dailey here at Freeland Foot & Ankle Clinic. Dr. Dailey will assess the nature and severity of the toe deformity and then create a customized treatment plan for you.
Bunion and Hammertoe Symptoms and Differences
Both bunions and hammertoes can be considered toe “deformities” because their form is atypical from what you would normally expect to see. There are some similarities between the two conditions—especially the fact that in both instances you have a toe that doesn’t look quite right—but they are distinctly different as well.
A bunion (hallux valgus) develops when the big toe begins to angle in an unnatural fashion at its metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP joint), which is the where the toe connects to the foot. The MTP joint gets its name because the metatarsal bone in your foot—the long bone connecting the hind- and mid-foot—meets the proximal phalange bone in your toe—bone closest to the foot—at this point. In addition to the big toe angling inwards, there is also a bony bump on the inner edge of the foot.
In addition to their unusual appearances, both conditions can cause pain, discomfort, difficulty wearing shoes, and an increased risk of callusing. Bunions can often be reddened and swollen as well.
Toe Deformity Treatment
No matter if you have a bunion or hammertoe, it is best to identify the issue at the earliest opportunity. Both of these conditions are progressive, which means they will continue to worsen over time when left unaddressed. Conservative treatment at early stages can include footwear choices (wearing models that have low heels and wide, deep toe boxes), stretching and strengthening exercises, pain medication, night splints and buddy taping.
In some cases, we may prescribe custom orthotics to rebalance pressure across your feet and address any existing gait problems that contribute to the bunion or hammertoe.
Professional Care for Bunions and Hammertoes
If you have developed either of these conditions, contact Dr. Dailey at Freeland Foot & Ankle Clinic for an evaluation of your toe deformity. Dr. Dailey will determine why your toe has moved out of position and which type of treatment will be best for you. For further information, or to request your appointment with our office, connect with us online or give us a call at (989) 695-6788.