Hammertoes are troublesome and unfortunately occur in high frequencies, partially because of the choice of foot wear individuals choose to utilize. Our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., strive to treat many foot conditions and will do their best to alleviate pain from this condition at the Atlanta Foot Care Center where we can be reached at (404) 355-4522, and are located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Hammertoes may form because of severe traumas to the toes, which can result from weighty objects falling on them or a severe hit against fixed objects. They may also be inherited. This condition occurs with higher frequency in women since they tend to wear high heels that cause the toe to bend in an unnatural way and narrow shoes that lead to bending in the center of the joint. This condition causes the joints to collapse, making the toe point upwards. When a toe is too long, the toe is restricted when in a shoe. To reduce pain from this condition, shoes with deep toe boxes should be worn, high-heeled shoes should not be used, padding should be used to reduce pressure placed on toes and loose-fitting shoes should be chosen over narrow fitting foot wear. If this condition is not treated timely, toes can become stiffer, requiring surgery to fix the deformity.
Surgery will help to fix toes that have become unnaturally bent due to a lack of preemptive treatment. This will be accomplished by removing the joint or redirecting the tendon to correct the deformity. Physical therapy will also help to promote the strengthening of the muscles around the joint and stretching also helps to reduce tension in tendons.
This condition can grow into an unnecessary problem as toes may become misshaped and cause annoyances to your routine. As it progressively gets worse, pain will be accompanied with this condition. So, please contact us today to receive a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment if necessary to allow your toes to straighten and allow your routine to return back to normal!
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