Are your toes starting to bend or curl under? Are you finding it difficult to find a pair shoes that your toes will not rub against causing pain, redness or wounds? If so, then you may be developing hammertoes.
Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.
Relieving the pain and pressure of hammertoes may involve changing your shoe gear and wearing shoe inserts. If you have a more severe case of hammertoe, you may need surgery to experience relief. Surgery is always recommended after all conservative alternatives have been tried but are not providing relief.
“If pain persists, see a podiatrist. If left untreated, hammer toes tend to become rigid, making non-surgical treatment less of an option.”
If you have hammertoes then call Dr. Hollander today for an appointment, 707-578-1222. He can provided you with further information and treatment options.
For further reading: http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=1863