Hammertoes occur when the smaller toes of the foot become bent and prominent. This deformity is often passed on down through generations, so there is a genetic element to this condition.
What causes hammertoes?
There are many different causes but commonly it is due to shoes or the way in which the foot works (functions) during walking. If the foot is too mobile and / or the tendons that control toe movement are over active, this causes increased pull on the toes which may result in deformity.
What are the common symptoms?
- Deformity / prominence of toe
- Redness and swelling around the joints
- Corn / Callous
- Difficulty in shoes with deformity of the shoe upper
- Difficulty in walking
- Stiffness in the joints of the toe
What can I do to reduce the pain?
There are several things that you can do to try and relieve your symptoms:
- Wear good fitting shoes with a deep toe box
- Avoid high heels
- Use a toe prop to straighten the toe if it is still mobile
- Wear a protective pad over the toe
What will a Chiropodist / Podiatrist do?
If simple measures do not reduce your symptoms, there are other options:
- Advise appropriate shoes and exercises if the toes are still mobile
- Show you how to strap the toe in a corrected position
- Provide a splint or protection
- Consider prescribing orthotics
- Advise on surgery
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