18 Apr Causes and Treatment of Hammertoe
Hammertoe is a foot condition that affects the toes, making the joints deformed. Tight, ill-fitting shoes can cause this condition, when toes are bent into a forced, abnormal position. The shoes will rub on the toe causing friction and leading to corns and calluses. Medical conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis, can also contribute to the development of hammertoes.
Treatment options include splints for toe realignment and custom orthotics to accommodate the affected toe.
Hammertoe often affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which your toes curl and arch up, making it painful to wear shoes.
Symptoms include –
- Corns or calluses due to friction
- Toe Contracture
Orthotics – Custom orthotics can be used to help relieve pressure on the affected toes. This also helps to relieve the pain associated with the condition.
Medications – Pain-relieving medications such as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) can be used to treat the pain and inflammation in hammertoe. Steroid injections can also help.
Surgery – In more severe cases, when the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery by an experienced podiatrist can help.
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