Mallet toe and hammertoe are two very similar conditions that affect different parts of your toes. They are both digital deformities that can make wearing shoes and sometimes walking very uncomfortable. Despite their similarities, though, they are different conditions. Mallet toe is a deformity that causes the very last joint in a small toe to bend abnormally. Hammertoe is a problem with the middle joint of one of the small digits becoming fixed in a bent position.
No matter which condition is affecting your feet, you can treat your digits conservatively to alleviate the discomfort and straighten out your toes. Changing footwear, physical therapy exercises, and pads or orthotics can make a significant difference for both these toe deformities. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you take care of your forefoot problems. Contact us for an appointment to see how we can manage your foot health. You can reach us through the website, by phone, or by fax: for our office in Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for our office in Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.