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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
January 28, 2014
Category: Toe Pain
Tags: Toe pain   Toe Stretches   Stretching  

You have most likely heard the cute song often sung to little ones about the “five little piggies.” The last part says, “And this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home.” There are many reasons for our toes to cry out in pain. You may have an injury such as turf toe, hallux rigidus (stiff big toe), or a deformity such as hammertoes or claw toes. Plantar fasciitis and foot cramps can also radiate into your toes. Whatever the reason for your discomfort, stretches for toes may be the answer.

These exercises are very easy and can be done at home, even while watching TV. This first one is great for hammertoes and toe cramps. Sit in a chair and lay a small towel on the floor in front of you. Use your toes to scrunch and pull the towel in. Increase resistance by adding something of weight at the end of the towel. Second, ease toe pain by putting them to work. Set twenty marbles on the floor and using your toes, pick them up one by one and set them in a jar. Help toe cramps by putting a small sponge or cork in between each of your toes (an earplug would work). Squeeze your toes together ten times. Strong toes are healthier toes and this next exercise helps in this endeavor. Put a rubber band around all of your toes and then spread them as far apart as possible. Hold the stretch, relax and repeat ten times.

This is a great start if you are looking to resolve mild toe problems. Since there are numerous reasons behind toe pain, contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M if your symptoms are not improving or are getting worse. We can diagnose the root of your pain and provide the treatment your feet need. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today. 

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