What is a Hammertoe?

At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, surgical experts Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS often see patients who come in with bony protrusions on their smaller toes that cause them pain. This is due to a very common musculoskeletal condition called a “hammertoe”.

Hammertoes are a structural deformity of any of the lesser toes in your foot. What tends to happen is that you get a “hammering” of the joint – which means a deformity of the toe that makes it very difficult to wear shoes. Oftentimes you’ll experience a red, hot, swollen joint that becomes very painful over time. It can happen in the second toe, all the way up to the pinky toe, or your fifth toe. If you think that you have a hammertoe, and it’s becoming very difficult to find shoes that fit or to wear shoes for a length of time, comes see the expert surgeons at Austin Foot and Ankle. They will take the time to listen to you, assess your problem, and get you pain free. Contact us today!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists