Can Hammertoe Be Prevented?
If you are noticing that your middle toes are bent downward, you may have developed a condition that is referred to as hammertoe. It is generally caused by wearing shoes that have little support in addition to having inadequate room for the toes to move about in. These shoes may cause the muscles and tendons in the toes to become weak and may be unable to aid in straightening the toes. If shoes that are worn fit properly and are comfortable, hammertoe development may be preventable. Research has shown that despite wearing the proper footwear, there may be genetic reasons why this ailment may occur. These may include being born with the second toe that is longer than the big toe or having specific medical conditions that may encompass arthritis or diabetes. If you notice that hammertoe is beginning to develop, it is suggested to consult with podiatrist as quickly as possible to begin the correct course of treatment.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr.Eji Shobowale from DeNiel Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.
- Pain in the affected toes
- Development of corns or calluses due to friction
- Contracture of the toes
Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible
Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur
Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe
Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe
Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it
Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used
Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option
If you have any questions please contact our office located in Cypress, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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