How your podiatrist in Ridgefield, CT, can treat your hammertoe
If you have stubborn toe pain that never goes away, you could have a hammertoe. You can get a hammertoe if you consistently wear shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help your toes be well again.
Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, offers comprehensive foot care treatment, including treatment for hammertoes.
Hammertoes generally occur on the second, third, or fourth toe. The middle toe joint is bunched together, causing the joint to turn inward. This inward bending forces your toe to stick out, eventually resembling a hammer.
When you have a hammertoe, it may be difficult to stand, walk, or even to put on shoes without pain.
Women are more affected by hammertoes because of wearing narrow shoes with a pointed toe. High heels only add to the problem by pushing your toes forward.
Prevention is key when it comes to hammertoes. Remember to:
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes
- Wear shoes with a wide toe box
- Stretch each toe individually to keep them flexible
- Place cushions or pads inside your shoes
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication if necessary
For moderate to severe hammertoe pain, it’s best to visit your podiatrist, who may recommend:
- Toe splints to realign your toe
- Custom orthotics to correct muscle imbalances
- Custom footwear to correct ligament and tendon imbalances
A severe hammertoe may require surgery to realign your toe and relieve pain. The surgery involves realigning the toe joint to resolve the hammertoe.
You don’t have to let a hammertoe disrupt your life by keeping you on the couch. Get some help for your hammertoe so you can enjoy being active again.
To learn more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of hammertoes, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, at (203) 431-0048. Call now!