His operation: Tony got a plastic implant to treat his hammer toeWhen Tony Packman first discovered that one of his toes wouldn’t uncurl for any reason, he didn’t give it much thought. Eventually, the toe curled so much that it didn’t touch the ground anymore, and his foot was in so much pain and sensitive that he could only wear one pair of shoes. His chiropodist told him he had a hammertoe, and that the best way to permanently fix it was with surgery.

The typical procedure for a hammertoe involved installing a wire that attached to the joints and stuck out the front of the toe until it was healed. But Packman’s surgeon recommended a new technique where a plastic plug would be placed between the bones, allowing the toe to bend back to a natural position. After undergoing the new kind surgery, Packman felt immediately better and was soon free of the painful hammertoe.

Hammertoes need immediate attention before the condition worsens. If you think you are suffering from a hammertoe, contact a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti of Hamilton, who can evaluate your needs and help determine the next step.


Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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