Hammertoes usually happen to the second, third, or fourth toe. Hammertoes are caused by a muscle/tendon imbalance, which may be the result of a person’s problematic walk, shoes that are too narrow or short, or have excessively high heels.
Shoes not properly sized will force toes into a bent position for long periods of time, causing the muscles to shorten and toes to bend.
What should you do if you get hammertoes? Keep reading!
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Hammertoes can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, trauma, heredity, or a cerebral vascular accident.
Common symptoms of hammertoes include pain or irritation of toes when wearing shoes, corns and calluses (caused by constant friction against the shoe), inflammation, redness, or a burning sensation, contracture and open sores.
Hammertoes are progressive, which means they don’t go away by themselves and usually get worse over time. However, not all hammertoes are alike, some progress more rapidly than others.
If you think that you have the symptoms of hammertoes, then you need to see an experienced foot doctor to examine your toes. The treatment for hammertoes may includes exercise, physical therapy, better-fitting shoes and customized orthotics. For more serious cases of hammertoes ( toes have become inflexible and rigid), surgery may be needed.
Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi has perfected hammertoe surgery that will leave the very least amount of scarring and cause the very least amount of pain.
To avoid getting hammertoes, wear shoes that have low heels and a wide amount of toe space to maintain comfort. Closed shoes and high heels should be avoided. Shoes with laces allow the wearer to adjust how fitted her or she may want the shoes to be and also allow for greater comfort
To provide enough space for your toes, wear shoes that have a minimum of one-half-inch of space between the tip of your longest toe and the inside of the shoe. Always go shopping for new shoes in the middle of the day when your feet have progressively enlarged a bit.
Be sure to check that the shoes you purchase are both the same size. If possible, ask the store to stretch out the shoes at its painful points to allow for optimum comfort.
If you have foot pain that is persistent and won’t go away, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.