Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Peoria, AZ



At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, we specialize in the comprehensive treatment of hammertoe deformities, offering a range of conservative and surgical solutions tailored to each patient's unique needs. Led by Dr. Kaveh Panahi, our team is dedicated to providing advanced, effective care for patients suffering from hammertoe, utilizing the latest techniques, including minimally invasive surgery (MIS), to ensure optimal outcomes and faster recovery times.

Hammertoe Q&A


Understanding Hammertoe Deformity

Hammertoe is a common foot deformity where one or more of the small toes develop an abnormal bend at the joint. This condition can cause pain and discomfort, especially when wearing shoes. Hammertoes generally begin as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time.



What Are The Causes of Hammertoe Deformity?

  • Imbalance in Toe Muscles: Muscle weakness or a mechanical imbalance can cause the tendons to tighten, pulling the toe into a bent position.
  • Genetics: Family history can play a role in your susceptibility to developing hammertoes.
  • Improper Footwear: Shoes that are too tight, narrow, or have high heels can force the toes into a bent position.
  • Trauma: Injury to the toe can also lead to hammertoe.
  • Other Medical Conditions: Conditions like arthritis or diabetes can increase the risk of developing hammertoe.


What Are Some of The Conservative Treatments?

For many patients, conservative treatments can effectively manage hammertoe symptoms:

  • Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotics provided by our clinic can help correct the mechanical imbalance and relieve pressure and pain.
  • Padding and Taping: These measures can control the imbalance in the tendons and muscles.
  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs can help relieve pain and swelling.
  • Exercise: Specific exercises can help stretch and strengthen toe muscles.


How About Surgical Treatments?

When conservative measures are not enough to alleviate discomfort or if the deformity becomes more severe, surgical options may be considered. Dr. Kaveh Panahi is skilled in both traditional and minimally invasive surgical techniques.



Traditional Surgical Techniques Include:

  • Tendon Transfer: Transferring tendons from one part of the toe to another to straighten the toe.
  • Joint Resection: Removing part of the joint, allowing the toe to straighten.
  • Fusion Surgery: Permanently fusing the bones in the joint to prevent the hammertoe from recurring.


Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) for Hammertoe

Minimally invasive surgery has become a preferred option due to its advantages over traditional surgery, including:

  • Smaller Incisions: This leads to less pain and quicker recovery.
  • Reduced Risk of Complications: Smaller incisions reduce the risk of infection and other complications.
  • Early Ambulation: Most MIS surgery techniques allows for early walking after the surgery, as compared to the traditional methods. 

At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, we are committed to utilizing the latest MIS techniques to correct hammertoes effectively, helping our patients return to pain-free mobility as quickly as possible.


Why Choose Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons?

Choosing the right foot and ankle surgeon is crucial in managing and treating hammertoe deformities effectively. Dr. Kaveh Panahi and our team at Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons are leaders in foot deformity correction, offering personalized care plans based on the latest research and the most advanced treatment options available.

If you are experiencing discomfort or have noticed changes in the shape of your toes, contact us today to explore your treatment options. At Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons, we are dedicated to restoring your foot health and mobility, allowing you to lead a more active and comfortable life.

To schedule your appointment, please contact us at 623.439.2200 or use our easy online scheduling portal for new or follow up visits.