Hammer Toes Specialist

Dr. Glass specializes in safe and effective minimally invasive treatments for hammer toes so patients in Midtown Manhattan, New York, can find relief from pain and enjoy a quick recovery.

Hammer Toes Q & A

by Andrew R. Glass, DPM

What is a hammer toe?

A hammer toe is a toe that is unnaturally contracted at the joint, forming a claw-like appearance that can cause discomfort and friction, as well as corns and calluses. Hammer toes occur because the tendons and muscles cause irregular pressure against the bone of the toe, forcing it into a bent, cramped position. Hammer toes can be rigid or flexible at the joint; each type requires a different approach for proper treatment.

What causes hammer toes?

Hammer toes can occur in any toe. Women are more prone to develop hammer toes because of the shoes worn. They can also be caused by an inherited foot type or stance, such as flat feet or high arches. Injury, ill-fitting shoes, and arthritis can also cause hammertoes to form. Hammer toes also frequently occur in people with poor circulation due to diabetes or other causes. Each toe has a pair of muscles that helps it move and provides stability. When these muscles or the tendons and ligaments that connect them to other muscles and bones are out of balance, the force on the toe shifts, causing it to curl or buckle.

How are hammer toes treated?

Hammer toes can be treated in an outpatient procedure that helps rebalance the forces pulling on the toe and its joint. The most common approach involves one or more small incisions. Dr. Glass can remodel the tendons on the top and bottom of the foot. Once the tendons are remodeled, a tiny cut is made in the bone or joint of the toe enabling the joint to be realigned. Once the joint is in its proper position, the toe can be straightened. Once the procedure is over, a post-surgical shoe will need to be worn for about a week during healing.

Major Insurances Plans Accepted

At New York Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C., we accept most insurance plans as full or partial payment. Patients are responsible for deductibles and coinsurances. Please contact our office if your insurance plan is not listed.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • "Dr.Glass knew what he was talking about; and was willing to listen; answer questions and explain procedures. Not every Doctor will do that."

    Nina H.
  • " I returned to him recently for treatment again because my toes were jammed as a result of running the NYC marathon this year. Again, I found him to be excellent..."

    Sovanni B.
  • "Dr. Glass and staff are awesome. He took the time to show me my sons X-rays and explained every detail. Highly recommended."

    Tashana M.
  • 'Dr. Glass was very thorough in his examination of both my feet and the explanation of the surgical procedures he would use to correct my problems."

    Karen G.
  • "The pain I had for so many years is gone just after a few weeks of recovery from surgery. I would recommend anyone who is experiencing foot pain to schedule."

    Inez
  • "The experience in Dr. Glass's office is unmatched. . These guys are superb.. had a free cab to send me back home after surgery. . I'm just so grateful I found him."

    Anonymous
Location
NY Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C.
315 Madison Ave, #2301
Midtown Manhattan

New York, NY 10017
Phone: 646-844-2275
Fax: (212) 867-3845
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