Many of my female patients have been muddling through life in severe pain caused by hammertoes and reluctantly stopped doing physical activities they once loved. Any physical activity that requires a bit more walking or standing becomes difficult without another layer of padding in their shoes. Playing tennis or running is even more challenging, and unfortunately many decided to “just call it quits.” Most of them tried conservative treatments, but nothing seemed to work. When I ask them what took them so long to seek treatment, the overwhelming response is that they were too busy to take time off for surgery or scared to death of surgery. Many women, however, are seriously ready to explore surgical options. Here are some of the common issues we talk about: Read More.