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Hammertoes can be identified by a constant abnormal bend in the middle joint of your toe. This abnormal bending leads to added pressure on the toe when wearing shoes. It can also cause pain or discomfort when walking or running.
Because hammertoes typically worsen and grow more rigid over time, we recommend you seek professional help if you believe you’re experiencing the symptoms of this deformity.
Those with hammertoes may also find other foot-related issues that come along with this condition, such as corns or calluses.
Some factors that may increase your likelihood of getting hammertoes include advanced age, toe length, improper footwear, and genetics. Those who live with diabetes or arthritis are also more likely to have foot-related complications, including hammertoes.
To better help prevent yourself from developing hammertoes, we recommend that you choose shoes with ample room for your toes. Choose footwear with low heels, as well as adjustable straps or laces, to provide your feet with enough room to move. Buying shoes that are professionally fitted by a trained pedorthist is also important. They are your best line of defense against choosing a shoe that’s too small or tight for your feet.
Orthotics, as well as medical pads for any corns and/or calluses that may develop due to your hammertoe, are recommended to help relieve discomfort. Light toe exercises may also be helpful for strengthening your toes’ muscles and mobility.
If you or someone you know has hammertoes, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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