Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Let’s Talk Hammertoe

Hammertoe Treatment Santa Rosa, CAYes, you’ve likely heard of hammerhead sharks— especially during Shark week— but have you heard of a condition called Hammertoe? Unlike those intimidating sharks, hammertoe is a condition that’s a little less fierce. Hammertoe is when your toes point downward instead of straight ahead— resembling, you guessed it, a hammer.  So, what causes this condition and how can it be treated?

What’s the Cause?

It would be nice to say that hammertoe is caused by one thing and one thing only, but it can form from a variety of different things.

  • Birth Defect
  • Shoes That Don’t Fit Properly
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Toe Trauma
  • Tightened Foot Ligaments

How Is It Treated?

Depending on the severity of your hammertoe and the cause of it, our doctors at Redwood Orthopaedic Associates will decide what treatment option is best for you.

Over-the-Counter Treatment:

If your hammertoe is caused by shoes that fit improperly, then we may simply recommend that you get new shoes with the proper arch support.

If your hammertoe is caused by bunions, we may encourage you to buy over-the-counter bunion relief pads, or we may be able to surgically remove your bunions in some cases.


If you have lost mobility and movement in your toe, then we may recommend that you undergo surgery. During surgery, we will reposition your toe, realign the tendons, and remove any bunions or other issues.

If you have the hammertoe and you want to learn more about treatment, schedule a consultation at our Santa Rosa office today!

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