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Hammertoes

hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the tendons, muscles, or ligaments that are responsible for holding the toes in their normal position. This condition may be caused by poor footwear, foot structure, trauma, and disease. The most common solution for hammertoe is to relieve the pain by changing your footwear and wearing orthotics. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

The shoes that are most likely to cause hammertoe are high heeled shoes or shoes that are too tight in the toe box. Tight shoes will force your toes to crowd together in a curled position. This position will likely continue when you take your shoes off. Another cause of hammertoes is trauma. When you stub your toe, for example, you are increasing your chance of developing a hammertoe.

There are risk factors that may make you more likely to develop this condition. Women are more likely to have the condition compared to men. Hammertoe is also more likely to appear in those who are older in age.

Many different foot problems can be avoided by wearing shoes that have adjustability, adequate toe room, and low heels. Furthermore, if you want to buy new shoes, you should look to purchase them at the end of the day and make sure you know your correct size. The reason behind buying shoes at the end of the day is that your feet swell as the day progresses. You should also ensure that you are wearing your correct size because your shoe size may change as you grow older.

To diagnose someone with hammertoe, your podiatrist will need to conduct a thorough examination of your foot. Your doctor may even take an x-ray to evaluate the bones and joints of your feet and toes.

If you have a hammertoe, your podiatrist may recommend that you wear shoes that fit you better along with inserts to place inside them. Additionally, he or she may suggest special exercises for you to perform to stretch your toes. One helpful exercise is to pick up marbles with your feet or crumple a towel with your toes. Prior to meeting with your podiatrist, it will be helpful to make a list of all the symptoms you are experiencing. You should also make a note of medications you are taking and important personal information about your medical history.

Dr. Sherris specializes in treatment of hammertoes both surgically and non-surgically. If you think you have hammertoes and would like to discuss this with Dr. Sherris, x-rays can be obtained in our clinic for your convenience to help determine the severity of your particular condition.

"Based on clinical findings, patient goals and my experience along with continuously updated knowledge in surgically and non-surgically treating hammertoes, I work with my patients to make a cooperative decision based on what is best for them in each individual case." – Dr. Sherris

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