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As the weather gets chillier and our shoes get heavier, it’s worth mentioning a common and intractable problem that we at West Hartford Podiatry Associates see all too often: hammertoes.

Hammertoes develop from a progression of symptoms and joint abnormalities affecting your toes. Specifically, the term refers to toe joint misalignment and includes mallet and claw toes.

If a hammertoe is left alone too long, you may eventually lose the ability to move the injured toe. So it’s best to stay informed, and we’ve put together a short collection of helpful information to help you do just that.

Hammertoes comes in three varieties:

  1. Flexible: The toes that are afflicted can still move at the affected joint.
  2. Semi-rigid: The hammertoe is becoming less flexible.
  3. Stiff: A rigid hammertoe that is immobile.

This problem can often be traced to more than one cause, and multiple conditions worsen it. If hammertoes get out of hand, surgery is usually required.

Improper footwear

  • Toes forced into a cramped position by shoes with a high heel or a toe box that is too small are at risk for hammertoe complications.
  • The afflicted toes can eventually lose the ability to straighten themselves, even when supported by better footwear choices or custom orthotics.


  • Hammertoes are more prevalent among individuals who have bunions. 
  • Pressure from the big tie is borne by the rest of the toes, causing them to become bent.


  • A toe that has been stubbed, jammed, or broken may be more likely to develop into a hammertoe.
  • Abnormality in the toe muscles and instability resulting from imbalance may cause the toe to curl.

Don’t let a hammertoe slow you down. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Dr. Marc Lederman, and Dr. Kurt Rode treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions, such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide superior podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us at 860-236-2564 for all your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.


Those who have a bunion know that dealing with the everyday pain and discomfort that comes along with it can be a real drag. Things like walking, wearing shoes, or exercising grow more difficult, interfering with your daily life. The good news is you don’t have to suffer forever! There are plenty of ways you can treat your bunion, both at home and with the help of a trusted podiatrist. Bunions

What is a Bunion?

Do you notice a bony bump on your big toe joint? Chances are it’s a bunion! When some of the bones in the front part of your foot shift and move around, usually due to foot trauma or improper footwear, it forces the tip of your big toe to get pulled toward your other toes. This makes the base of your big toe joint stick out, which is when a bunion occurs.

Is your bump along the outside of your pinky toe joint? That’s what’s known as a tailor’s bunion, or a bunionette. You may get one due to genetics, arthritis, or tight-fitting shoes.

How do you know if you have a bunion or bunionette? Let’s take a look at some of the top symptoms…

  • A bony bump along the big toe or pinky toe joint
  • Pain, redness, and swelling around the big toe or pinky toe.
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Pain, most commonly when walking
  • Difficulty moving your toe.
  • Finding your shoes now fit uncomfortably.

How We Can Help

If you suspect you have a bunion, the best course of action you can take is to call your podiatrist. They’re equipped to help treat you properly and as quickly as possible. After a diagnosis, there are many treatment options available that don’t include surgery.

One of the best options available is orthotics. These shoe inserts are completely custom-made and help to relieve your pain and treat your condition at the same time. Bunion pads may help, as well.

Finding comfortable shoes that don’t aggravate your bunion and provide enough support and cushioning is a great idea. This will help prevent your bunion from getting worse. Cortisone shots may be recommended.

Using at-home treatments alongside your podiatrist’s recommendations can help you get rid of your bunion even faster. For most of your pain and discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter medication, like Aleve or Advil. This will help with any swelling and inflammation.

Rest your feet often and avoid any strenuous exercise for the time being. Physical therapy may be a great option for you. Alternatively, you can stretch your feet at home to help with any stiffness you have.

If you have a bunion, don’t wait to call! Talk to your podiatrist today.

At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Marc Lederman, DPM and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages.


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