What is a hammertoe?

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A hammertoe is a contracture or bending of the toe at the first joint of the digit. This bending causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Hammer toes can be flexible or rigid.

A hammertoe is a contracture or bending of the toe at the first joint of the digit.  This bending causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Hammer toes can be flexible or rigid. 

Hammertoes are more common in females than in males.

Hammertoe causes

A hammertoe develops because of an abnormal balance of the muscles in the toes leading to its contracture. Heredity, arthritis, and trauma can also lead to the formation of a hammertoe.
Wearing shoes that are too tight and cause the toes to squeeze can also cause a hammertoe to form.

Hammertoe symptoms

The symptoms of a hammer toe include the following:

  • Pain at the top of the bent toe 
  • Formation of corns 
  • Redness and swelling 
  • Painful motion of the toe joint
  • Pain in the ball of the foot

Diagnosis and Treatment

The treatment options vary with the type and severity of the toe.  Identifying the deformity early in its development is important to avoid surgery. Your podiatric physician will examine and X-ray the affected area and recommend a treatment plan specific to your condition.

Padding and Taping: Often padding and taping are the first steps in a treatment plan. Padding the hammertoe prominence minimizes pain. Taping may change the imbalance around the toes and thus relieve the stress and pain.

Orthotic Devices: Custom shoe inserts made by your podiatrist may be useful in controlling foot function. An orthotic device may reduce symptoms and prevent the worsening of the hammertoe deformity.

Surgical Options: Several surgical procedures are available to the podiatric physician. For less severe deformities, the surgery will remove the bony prominence and restore normal alignment.  Severe hammertoes, which are not fully reducible, may require more complex surgical procedures.

Hammertoes Prevention

There are several things you can do to help prevent hammer toes from forming:

  • Wear supportive shoes to help prevent deformities. 
  • Custom orthotics may slow the progression or prevent the development of hammertoes.
  • Avoid shoes with narrow or pointed toe boxes that can compress the toes
Dr. Kenya Lazovik

Dr. Kenya Lazovik

Dr. Lazovik strives to provide high-quality care to her patients at Cliffside Park Foot and Ankle Center. She is trained to address a wide range of medical issues such as bunions, arthritis, heel pain, sports medicine, flat foot, diabetic foot care, and wound care. Her office is outfitted with digital x-ray and lasers used in the treatment of fungal nails and various soft tissue injuries as well as an affiliation with a state-of-the-art custom orthotics lab.

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About Dr. Lazovik, DPM

Dr. Kenya Lazovik received her doctoral degree in podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a podiatric residency training at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens. She is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Podiatric Medical Association, and the New Jersey Podiatry Medical Society. She is double board certified by ABFAS for Foot & Ankle surgery and by ABMSP for Diabetic Foot Care.

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Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez
21:38 06 Dec 19
I went to see Dr. Kenya Lazowik I was very impress by her professionalism. I also like she takes her time and explain... things to you very detail on everything. I am very happy that I went to her and I highly recommend her. She is good.read more
Tony Pulickal
Tony Pulickal
18:19 27 Nov 19
Dr. Lazovik was very professional and friendly. She demonstrated a clear understanding of my situation and presented a... well-structured treatment process. If only every doctor visit could be this efficient! Office staff were great, too. New patient intake was smooth, the forms were clear, and to top it all off there was plenty of street parking in the area. I highly recommend visiting for all your podiatry needs.read more
Anne Christensen
Anne Christensen
01:57 16 Nov 19
Dr. Lazovik is an excellent practitioner and very knowledgeable about the latest advances in care. For the last few... months I have appreciated her ability to clearly and warmly cover all the questions I ask of her. I would highly recommend her practice to anyone in need of foot or ankle care.read more
Joe Ciccone
Joe Ciccone
20:57 15 Nov 19
The best doctor visit I have ever had. Had tremendous foot pain trying to walk in and after 3 small injections I feel... no pain. Dr Lazovik is awesome.read more
anna kubasek
anna kubasek
14:50 14 Nov 19
This place is great! I love the staff they are very pleasant. Appoitment in take is always on time which is very... important to me. The doctors are always always gentle and looking for the best solution.read more
Afsha Sheikh
Afsha Sheikh
18:24 11 Nov 19
Dr. Lazovik is a great doctor! I have been coming to this office for Dr.Mano since I was a child and will choose no... other doctor for my podiatry needs. Dr. Lazovik was very intuitive and explained all the possible issues I could have. When we didn’t find an exact issue through an X-ray she recommended a specific test with a neurologist which was a next step my primary doctor didn’t even suggest.read more
Brian DeLeon
Brian DeLeon
15:25 04 Nov 19
Straight forward, super kind and professional. I was in and out, fixed up and educated with a few pointers for other... issues. 2nd time here and it won't be the last if I need anything else. Highly recommend.read more
Andy Martell
Andy Martell
17:47 30 Oct 19
Dr. Lazovik is a wonderful doctor! She was extremely personable and really spent the time to educate me about my... condition. She was much more thorough than my primary care doctor or my endocrinologist. I highly recommend her!read more
Avi W
Avi W
12:32 29 Oct 19
Dr. Lazovik and her staff are amazing!!! She is an extremely knowledgeable physician and really took the time to... explain the cause of my problem and laid out the course of treatment. She is warm and caring. You can tell she is passionate about what she does!!! I recommend her to all of my family and coworkers.read more
Qiting Cen
Qiting Cen
01:00 29 Oct 19
I would not recommend this doctor. I went there for a follow up visit expecting professional level of service. Their... system was down and the doctor couldn’t even remember why I was there. I was later charged a hefty amount for the read more
yassine regragui
yassine regragui
02:40 12 Oct 19
Excellent service and treatment. Very professional... The office staff is lovely and so helpful especially mona thank... you...I recommend 100%read more
Toni Gerbino, Nutritionist
Toni Gerbino, Nutritionist
17:18 28 Aug 19
I love this practice. Both the Doctors are excellent and the staff is wonderful - I highly recommend them!!
Amanda Piccinich
Amanda Piccinich
21:33 13 Aug 19
I recently broke my ankle and decided to come here for treatment after reading the great reviews. Dr. Lazovik and staff... are awesome and so accommodating! I am so happy I chose this place. Just after one visit, I can already tell how much this office cares for their patients.read more
Melissa Casasnovas
Melissa Casasnovas
04:33 06 Aug 19
Great doctor and wonderful staff. Highly recommend
Jackie Guerry
Jackie Guerry
19:40 29 Jul 19
We followed Dr. Lazovik from her old practice in South Jersey to her new practice Cliffside Park Foot & Ankle. She... gives you her full attention and takes her time to answer all questions. She is a fantastic doctor! Highly recommend!!read more
richard guerry
richard guerry
14:55 29 Jul 19
Dr. Lazovik is an incredible doctor. I drive 90+ minutes because finding a specialist who knows what they are doing,... with a fantastic attitude & genuine care for their patients is hard to come by. And in addition to first rate medical services provided, the customer service is also way above "standard". For example: Feeding my meter for me with their own quarters so my car was not ticketed. Highly Recommend this Doctor for the entire family.read more
Glenda Maldonado
Glenda Maldonado
20:48 23 Jul 19
Love this medical facility . Jenny at the reception desk and the other team member are So sweet ! Dr. Lazovik is... awesome . She’s honest and sharp , and the entire team truly are all very caring . The offices have undergone renovation as well . Always parking available . Highly recommend !read more
Rob Grosch
Rob Grosch
22:11 22 Jul 18
P M
P M
01:43 17 Nov 17
The VERY BEST. Look no further. She is the Podiatrist for you.
Lydia Valencia
Lydia Valencia
20:38 09 Aug 17
I love Dr. Manno! A very concern doctor, the office staff very friendly. Nice atmosphere.
Bnoname Ranon
Bnoname Ranon
04:39 09 Aug 17
I give Dr. Manno and her staff the highest recommendation. Not only is Dr. Manno super professional, super kind, super... experienced (you can tell she's seen everything), but the staff -- THE STAFF -- is incredible. I am an office manager as well, and I hope to be as good as Dr. Manno's staff is. The compassion, the attention, the courtesy -- blew my mind. All the awards.read more
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Geri Iannaconi
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