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Unsightly Hammertoe

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 00:00

The foot condition that is known as hammer toe may also be referred to as contracted toe. It is considered to be a deformity, and can appear unsightly. It can cause the toes to resemble a hammer. This can be a result of the middle joints of the second and third toe that gradually bend upward, forcing the rest of the toe to bend down. It often happens from genetic factors, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, there may be a muscle imbalance that can cause hammer toes to develop. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include pain while stretching the affected toes, and corns may develop on top of the toes as the toes rub against the shoes that are worn. Mild relief may be found when larger shoes are worn, and it may help to wear a protective pad over the corns. In severe cases, surgery may be an option that can permanently straighten the toes. If you have a hammer toe, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Romeo Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Washington, and Shelby Townships, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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