Toe deformities can come in various forms and can be caused by different things. The most common type of toe deformity is a hammertoe, which is when your toe bends at the joint and becomes stuck in that position. This can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight, or by an injury to the toe. Other types of toe deformities include bunions, which are when the joint at the base of your big toe sticks out, and mallet toes, which are similar to hammertoes but happen at the joint at the end of your toe. Some toe deformities are genetic, while others develop over time due to wear and tear on the joints.
As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Khavari is equipped to treat all types of toe deformities. When evaluating a patient with a toe deformity, a thorough physical examination and x-rays are conducted to determine the severity of the condition. Treatment for toe deformities varies depending on the severity of the deformity.
For mild to moderate cases of toe deformities, conservative treatment is usually the first option. This includes wearing shoes that fit well and have enough space in the toe box to accommodate the deformity. In some cases, custom orthotics may be recommended to provide support and cushioning to the foot, which can help reduce pain and prevent further deformity. Physical therapy exercises can also be used to improve the range of motion in the toes and help prevent stiffness.
In more severe cases of toe deformities, surgical intervention may be necessary. The type of surgery depends on the type and severity of the deformity. For hammertoes and mallet toes, the surgery involves releasing the contracted tendons or ligaments that are causing the deformity and realigning the toe to its normal position. For bunions, the surgery involves removing the bony bump and realigning the bones in the foot.
At Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Khavari understands the impact that toe deformities can have on a patient’s quality of life. He is committed to working with his patients to develop a treatment plan that will provide the best possible outcome, whether it be through conservative or surgical means. If you are experiencing a toe deformity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari today for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan.