Have you ever thought that your toes look abnormal? While your feet may feel perfectly fine, if you think there is a problem you should never put off getting an examination from a professional podiatrist, especially since the issues that you’re making note of may cause more severe problems.
Deformity in the toes is common; if you have a deformity in your second, third, or fourth toe, you may have what is called a hammertoe. This deformity gets its name because your toes are bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Although it may not present immediate problems, if left untreated, hammertoes can require invasive surgery to correct.
Typically, people with hammertoes develop corns and/or calluses either on the middle joint itself or at the tip of the toes. Hammertoes are not always painful, but it can be hard to find comfortable shoes, providing relief for your toes and feet.
The most common cause of hammertoes come from improperly fitting shoes and muscle imbalances in your feet. When you come in for your initial consultation, we will diagnose the severity of your condition, and begin treatment as soon as possible. Many times, hammertoes can be corrected by wearing shoes that have a soft, roomy, toe box. You will also be instructed to follow specific exercises to stretch your toes and strengthen your toe muscles. You can also buy straps, cushions, and non-medicated corn pads to help relieve your painful symptoms.
If your hammertoe conditions are severe, you may need surgery to correct the condition in your toes. The sooner you schedule your appointment, the sooner we can help you find the relief you desire. Contact either our Arlington or Dallas office and let us provide you with the hammertoe treatment that you need to live your life comfortably.