Do you think you might need surgery for a crooked toe? The most common cause of a crooked toe is a condition called hammertoe. Hammertoe is a bend in the middle joint of a toe that causes the toe to be curled forward. This condition is usually caused by wearing shoes that are too tight over a long period of time, but can also be caused by congenital deformity or an injury.
You may be able to treat your crooked toe at home without resorting to surgery. You should always wear shoes that have plenty of room in the toe area. An ice pack can help relieve the pain and swelling of your hammertoe. You can also protect the toe with a pad that is available over the counter. If your hammertoe does not improve or worsens, see your doctor. Crooked toes that are not treated can lead to corns and calluses, which cause pain and make it uncomfortable to wear shoes.
If you need surgery for your crooked toe, the type of surgery will depend on whether your toe muscles are rigid or flexible. If your toe is still flexible, your doctor can straighten the crooked toe by making an incision in the toe and cutting the tendon holding it in place. For a rigid toe, your doctor may also have to realign the tendon as well as remove some pieces of bone to straighten the crooked toe.
If you have a crooked toe, see your doctor. He or she can recommend a treatment plan that may help cure your hammertoe before surgery is necessary.