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Relief Options for Hammertoe

The center toes are affected by a foot condition that is known as hammertoe. It is considered to be a deformity, and may happen from wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area. It may also develop from genetic reasons, or possibly from a toe injury. Hammertoe is a noticeable condition. It causes the middle joint in the second or third toe to bend upward, which makes the toe bend down. Patients have found mild relief when the correct size shoes are worn, in addition to performing specific stretches that may help in flexibility. The toes may also become stronger when marbles or stones are picked up with the feet. Additionally, some people choose to wear protective pads over the top of the toes, which may help in preventing corns from developing. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended which may permanently straighten the toes, allowing the tendons to lie flat. If you have hammertoe, and would like relief options, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact the podiatrists of Boston Common Podiatry. 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 our office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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