Hammertoe Specialist

Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic

Stanley Kalish, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Jonesboro, GA & Sandy Springs, GA

Usually, a hammertoe is nothing serious, but because the toe joint deformity can continue to worsen, you can start experiencing pain and discomfort. If you have a hammertoe that’s bothering you with nearly every step you take, book an evaluation with Stanley Kalish, DPM, FACFAS, of Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic in Sandy Springs and Jonesboro, Georgia. Dr. Kalish, a board-certified podiatrist, offers personalized hammertoe treatment plans, so you can get fast relief. Book your hammertoe evaluation either online or over the phone.

Hammertoe Q & A

Why do I have hammertoes?

Hammertoes are joint deformities that affect your smaller toes. Usually, a hammertoe develops in your second toe if it’s longer than your big toe. This occurs because the longer toe has to scrunch up every time you slip on a pair of shoes, especially if they’re snug or pointy.

Gradually, as your toe gets scrunched up day after day, an imbalance develops between muscles and tendons. These connective tissues can no longer relax and wind up keeping your toe in a bent shape.

Other times, hammertoes can form because they’re inherited or because you had trauma or developed arthritis. In any case, over time, hammertoes can become rigid and severely painful.


Do I need to see a podiatrist if I have hammertoes?

Hammertoes are progressive, and even if your hammertoes aren’t bothering you yet, without swift medical intervention, they can eventually start causing problems. Schedule a hammertoe evaluation at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic as soon as possible if you’re experiencing:

  • Limited range-of-motion in your toe
  • Toe stiffness or tenderness
  • Pain while walking or standing
  • Corns, calluses, or open sores

The more hammertoes progress, the more likely they are to cause ongoing pain, burning, and stinging. Before your hammertoe worsens any further or before it starts interrupting your daily activities, see how Dr. Kalish can help.


What is the treatment for hammertoes?

Your hammertoe treatment plan from Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic generally begins with conservative treatments. Dr. Kalish may suggest combining any of the following therapies:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Changes in footwear
  • Daily toe stretches
  • Specialized padding
  • Custom orthotics

If you have a severe hammertoe deformity that’s continuing to cause ongoing issues, Dr. Kalish could recommend surgery. Hammertoe surgery involves releasing your rigid connective tissues, removing any damaged tissues, and restructuring your toe joint.

Because Dr. Kalish is a board-certified podiatrist with advanced training in modern minimally invasive procedures, if you do need surgery, you can expect effective relief from your hammertoe discomfort.

Start your hammertoe treatment plan at Atlanta Foot and Leg Clinic right away. Click on the online scheduler, or call the clinic directly.