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Lakeland Podiatrist | Lakeland Hammertoes | FL | Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group |

Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group

Dr. John Bidelspach

(863) 859-4434

(888) 505-0592

Lakeland Main Office:
4973 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland, FL 33809
  The Villages Main Office:
(Just West of Rolling Acres)
Heart Rhythm Associates
781 HWY 466
Lady Lake, FL 32159

Laser Locations:
Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, The Villages, and Tallahassee


Hammertoes: You don’t have to live with the pain

Hammertoes are little toes that buckle or curl under. Over time, these toes may hurt and make walking more difficult. Wearing shoes may become a painful ordeal with corns forming on top of the toe joint and sometimes on the tips.

Fortunately you don’t have to live with the pain. With Dr. Pruchniewski’s (his patients call him Dr. Jim) help, hammertoes can be corrected. Severe, rigid hammertoes can only be completely corrected with bone surgery, but if you are looking mostly for relief from discomfort and to be able to wear those stylish shoes you like, you might take advantage of a simple office technique that you can have done during your lunch hour.

Through two tiny pokes in the skin, leaving an opening no longer than the one left to draw blood from your arm, Dr. Jim inserts a small surgical device, and using his sense of touch, identifies and releases the contracted soft tissue structure. After a few comfortable minutes, most patients are able to put their socks and shoes back on and return to work or school. Dr. Jim says the best thing about this procedure is that it stops this progressive deformity from worsening to the severe rigid type the requires bone surgery.


The Myth About Corns

Many, many years ago when the ancestors of modern podiatrists roamed the plains of America, a subtle misconception was planted in the heads of their clients. These itinerant “corn cutters” would carefully conceal a tint piece of fish gut behind their fingers. After removing a corn they would triumphantly flourish the fish gut and announce they had removed the “by its roots”.

Today, I suffer from the sins of my forefathers whenever patients insist I remove a corn “by its roots”. Corns and callouses are simple thickenings of skin caused by friction, pressure, or shearing forces. They should only be treated by a trained professional who can safely and painlessly remove them.

Corns don’t have roots. If you would like the corn permanently corrected, it is necessary to determine the source of the friction. It is usually caused by the fact that the toe is no longer lying perfectly flat in the shoe but has assumed the cocked up position of a hammer toe.

After many years a hammer toe may become frozen in the joints. These rigid deformities can be corrected with a surgical arthroplasty. But even this can be avoided if the deformity is identified early on before it becomes rigid.

While still flexible, the tendons contracting the toe can be “stretched” under a local anesthetic without incision or sutures. You can put your shoes and socks back on and return to work the same day. One of my patients likes to call it the “lunch hammer toe procedure”.

We accept most insurances. Now accepting Blue Cross and Blue Shield and we accept Cigna Medicare Access Plans.

North Lakeland Foot Clinic is open 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday.

For an appointment or more information, call 863-859-4434 or visit us at 4973 US Hwy 98 N.

Lakeland Podiatrist Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group is a poidiatry office providing Hammertoes, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Lakeland, FL. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 33809 area and surrounding areas in Lakeland