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What Causes Hammertoe?

Monday, 22 July 2019 00:00

The medical condition that is known as hammertoe occurs when the second and third toes bend downward at the middle joint, causing them to resemble a hammer. This ailment can come from genetic factors, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions which can lead to the development of hammertoes, which can include bunions, or different forms of arthritis. The symptoms that are associated with this condition often include pain in the foot as the toes are stretched downward, and there may be calluses and corns that form on the top of the bent joints. Mild relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, which can make it easier for the toes to stretch by pointing and flexing the ankles. For severe cases of hammertoe, a splint is applied to the affected toes to help keep them as straight as possible. If you have developed this condition, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer treatment options that are correct for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Larry J. Kipp of Florida. Our doctor 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 offices located in New Port Richey, and Delray Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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