After years of wear and tear, bad footwear, and active lifestyles, toes can really get bent out of shape. Crooked toes—those that are permanently bent downward at one or more knuckles (such as hammertoes) or even cross over one another—are very common, especially among women in their middle ages and older.
They are also progressive conditions, meaning that even if they aren’t painful now, without treatment they’re likely to get worse as you get older—toes get more crooked, and the bent joints lose flexibility until they’re rigidly locked in place.
When you first seek treatment for crooked toes, our initial priority is to use conservative treatments to relieve your pain. Unfortunately, conservative care cannot “fix” a bent toe deformity in the way you might imagine—the toe will remain bent. However, conservative care may well be able to reduce symptoms, restore foot function, and stop the deformity from getting worse. If you seek help early, this may be more than adequate to get you back on your feet again indefinitely.
The only way to fix a crooked toe permanently, however, is surgery. It’s the only way to put the bones and joints back into proper alignment, and if conservative treatment options prove inadequate it may be necessary to spare you from your pain and get you back to enjoying daily activities.
Not to worry, though! While we try to avoid surgery whenever possible, our team has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques for crooked toe deformities. Surgeries are performed under local anesthesia in our office—no need to check into an expensive hospital. Furthermore, because we use techniques that minimize incision size, we can achieve less swelling, less scarring, and faster healing and recovery times when compared to older surgical methods.
Our goal is always to do the best we can for you, helping you get back on your feet as quickly as possible—no unnecessary procedures, tests, or referrals. Whether your crooked toes can be managed conservatively or need surgical correction, we’ll give you an honest assessment of your situation and help you make the best choice for your own personal needs. If painful crooked toes are slowing you down, call Dr. Daniel J. Walters and our team in Garfield Ridge, Chicago today at (773) 586-0050.