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By contactus
April 02, 2011
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Hammer toe is a condition that generally affects the smallest toe on your foot. Your little toes are primarily involved in balance - they bend to grip the ground and straighten like levers to push your foot and help you walk. If the front of your foot is wide, your little toes may start to curl and buckle, forming hammer toe. Sometimes hammer toes do not cause pain or other symptoms, but sometimes they are very painful and make basic movements difficult.

The joints in your toes may get curled because of a muscle imbalance or tight tendons. Sometimes only one toe is affected; sometimes more than one is. Different joints in the toe may also be affected; sometimes the joint at the end or middle of the foot are bent; other times the joint near the ball of the foot is. A hammer toe may also be either rigid or flexible. A flexible joint can be bent, but over time it may become rigid and unable to be bent. Rigid joints typically cause pain and distorted movements. They can also cause calluses on the sole of the foot.

If you have a mild hammer toe, your treatment may only involve changing your shoes. You can also try splints or tape to hold your toes straight. But if your hammer toe is very severe, you might want to have surgery. If you have a flexible joint, the tight tendon will be cut and repositioned. If you have a rigid joint, some bone in your toe might be removed. Either fibrous tissue or new bone will fill in the space left behind. A pin might be used to hold the bones in position during healing.

Hammer toe can be prevented from recurring, or from happening at all, by wearing shoes that fit properly. Remember that they should be long and wide enough to keep all your toes comfortable. Women should avoid wearing high heels excessively. Proper shoe fit can help prevent pain in the future, so don't sacrifice comfort for fashion! You may end up paying for it later on. Call today if you would like to take the first steps to correcting and relieving the pain caused by hammer toes.

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