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By Active Podiatry
December 13, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: hammertoes  

Wondering if you have a hammertoe? Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae of Active Podiatry discusses hammertoe symptoms and hammertoeexplains a few things you can do to relieve them.

Do I have a hammertoe?

If your toe bends at a right angle, you may have a hammertoe. The condition is called "hammer" toe because your bent toe looks a little like a hammer. Although hammertoe doesn't affect big toes, it can occur in any other toe. Ignoring hammertoe isn't a good idea. When you first notice the change in your toe, you may be able to temporarily straighten it by pressing on it. Unfortunately, without treatment, the toe may become rigid and inflexible.

Wearing shoes can be a painful experience if you have hammertoe, particularly if you continue to wear shoes that press against the top of your toe. If you have the condition, your toe may appear red and swollen, and you may develop corns and calluses on the top of it.

How did I get hammertoe?

Hammertoe frequently occurs if your shoes place constant pressure on your toes. High heels and very tight shoes are common culprits. Pressure on the toe can also cause the tendon in your toe to shorten, making it difficult to fully extend it. Muscle imbalances in your feet, arthritis, or foot injuries may contribute to the development of hammertoes.

What can I do about hammertoe?

Making changes to your footwear can help reduce pain and swelling. Look for roomy shoes that are tall enough to accommodate your toe. Ice packs and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation.

If your toe is still flexible, it may be possible to reverse your condition with exercise. Exercises don't require special equipment and offer a simple way to treat a flexible hammertoe.

When home treatment isn't effective, or your hammertoe has become rigid, schedule a visit with our Indianapolis or Crawfordsville, IN podiatrist. We can recommend a variety of treatments will improve your symptoms. Prescription anti-inflammatory medications may offer relief of pain and swelling. If your toe is flexible, you may benefit from wearing prescription inserts in your shoes or padding and taping your toe. Although conservative measures are often helpful in treating flexible hammertoes, rigid hammertoes usually require surgery.

Prompt treatment is the key to relieving your hammertoe pain. Schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae of Active Podiatry by calling (317) 328-6622 for the Indianapolis, IN, office or (765) 362-7200 for the Crawfordsville, IN, office.

By Active Podiatry
January 06, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: hammertoes  

Shoe shopping is a challenge when you have a hammertoe. If shoes aren't roomy enough to accommodate your bent toe, every step is agony. Dr. Yong Chae, your foot doctor in Indianapolis at Active Podiatry, is here to explain how hammertoes develop and what you can The Truth About Hammertoesdo to ease the pain of this common foot condition.

What is a hammertoe?

You'll notice that your toe bends at a right angle at the first joint if you have a hammertoe. Hammertoes usually affect the second, third or fourth toes.

What causes a hammertoe?

Hammertoes can occur if you wear shoes that are too short and tight. The problem develops when your toe is forced into a bent position. When this happens, the muscles and tendons tighten and become shorter. You may also experience the problem if you have an a toe injury, arthritis or a muscle imbalance, which is inherited in some families.

What are the symptoms of a hammertoe?

Fitting your bent toe in shoes can be painful. As the bent area of your toe rubs against the top of your shoe, corns and calluses can form. You may also notice redness and swelling around the joint or pain in the ball of your foot under the toe.

What can I do about hammertoe?

Make comfort a priority by choosing shoes that are roomy enough to fit your hammertoe. Put cushions or corn pads on the joint to protect it. If the joint is still flexible, your podiatrist may suggest toe exercises. These exercises help stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons in your toe. Your foot doctor may also recommend that you wear orthotic inserts in your shoes to improve support. If your toe is rigid, surgery is the only option that will straighten your toe.

Are you tired of living with a hammertoe? Call Dr. Chae, your Indianapolis foot doctor at Active Podiatry at (317) 328-6622 and schedule an appointment today, or use our contact form. Don't let hammertoe pain keep you off your feet!