The average American walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day (that’s 1.5 to 2 miles!). But strolling certainly isn’t the only way we use our feet. We need them to run, climb stairs, engage in sports, go up and down ladders, and keep us standing straight and balanced. Our feet play a crucial role in our everyday lives. Body parts that get used often make them more likely to develop problems.
The foot condition called hammertoe (also known as rotated toe) usually develops as the result of the prolonged wearing of high heels or shoes with narrow toe boxes. Other common causes can be a traumatic injury to the toe, arthritis, a high foot arch and tightened ligaments or tendons.
At the office of The DOCS, our doctors will examine your hammertoe and provide you with the appropriate treatment. We maintain a position at the forefront of advances in foot care, and we offer effective solutions to improve the look, feel, and function of your toes and feet.
The victim is usually the toe that’s next to the big toe. It may become painful and difficult to move, and there’s a likelihood of its developing corns and/or calluses. Left untreated, a hammertoe can cause inflammation and pain, and the damage may continue.
Many people with a hammertoe show improvement with conservative therapy: wearing roomier shoes and using shoe inserts or pads. Other methods of care may be considered if your symptoms persist even after a comprehensive course of moderate therapy. Surgery might be needed.
Hammertoes aren’t pleasant to have or look at. Everyone at the office of The DOCS is committed to helping you improve and maintain the health of your toes and feet. We are at the forefront of advances in care and offer effective solutions to improve the look, feel and function of your toes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out how we can help you!
By The DOCS - Podiatry
December 28, 2020
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