4 Simple Hammertoe Treatments
Hammertoes are so named because they have adopted a downward bend at the middle joint, thereby resembling the shape of a hammer. As they progress, they become more bent and rigid and harder to treat, so see your foot doctor whenever you notice your toes bending abnormally.
When your toes bend in this abnormal manner, they can rub against each other and on the inside of your shoes resulting in the development of skin problems like blisters and corns.
4 simple hammertoe treatments:
For toes that are in the beginning stages and are still fairly flexible, you can help to straighten them out using these treatments and exercises:
Wear properly fitted shoes with a wide toe area—Always make certain that your footwear has plenty of extra room in the toe box for your toes to move without rubbing and to make room for the placement of inserts. This will help to prevent the formation of corns on top of the hammertoes.
Isolating pads, supports, and custom orthotic inserts—Custom orthotic shoe inserts and isolating moleskin pads can help to keep the toes and your foot in the optimal position while reducing friction. Specially designed splints that can be worn at night will help to pull the toes into alignment.
Pain and swelling reducing medications—Ibuprofen and Tylenol may be used for pain relief and swelling reduction.
Physical therapy, strength and flexibility exercises—Exercises including toe scrunches with a small towel and picking up marbles with your toes will help to improve strength and flexibility and help straighten the toe tendons.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from hammertoes, see your podiatrist for the best care. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.