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At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know patients are able to readily identify a hammertoe by its characteristic bent shape causing it to resemble a hammer. However, they often don’t know much about what causes them or what treatments are available. Below are some facts about this common
FACT: Hammertoe is actual a deformity of or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe. It is caused by a muscle imbalance.
FACT: Hammertoes are a progressive condition. This means they will get worse over time unless treatment intervenes with the progression. In their early stages, hammertoes are still flexible and the toe can be straightened using conservative measures. Left untreated, the hammertoe will become rigid and unable to bend. At that point, surgery is the only option for correcting the deformity.
FACT: In addition to examining your toe and foot, the podiatrist will likely order an x-ray of the foot. This will be used to assess the severity of the deformity and also to monitor its progression in the future.
FACT: A secondary condition that often accompanies hammertoes is painful corns. These develop on the top and front of the toe as a result of rubbing and pressure from footwear on this part of the toe that is exposed due to the
FACT: There are several effective treatment options for hammertoes. These include:
- Changing your shoes to styles made of soft materials with roomy toe boxes
- Doing exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles
- Straps to realign the bent toe
- A custom orthotic device to help correct the muscle imbalance and foot position
- Icing and oral medications
- Pads to cushion and protect corns if they have formed
If you have noticed your toe appearing to be bending oddly at the joint, don’t delay. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices so that our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
If you’ve been in and out of winter boots, ice skates, or ski boots this winter, you may have found yourself with a painful blister. These pesky podiatric problems are a result of friction or rubbing against the foot. This rubbing causes the outer layers of skin to rub together, separate, and fill with fluids. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we often see blisters at the point of infection and that are causing mass amounts of pain. You can avoid this state by learning a bit about blisters.
Never pop one!
It can be so tempting to pop them, but all that does is create an opening into the skin where bacteria can get in. This can easily lead to infection. Eventually, your body will reabsorb the liquid. The best solution is to cover the blister with a bandage and avoid wearing the boots or shoes that caused it until it fully disappears.
How to prevent blisters
Here are some great ways to prevent blisters:
- Wear moisture-wicking socks that help pull perspiration away from your feet and help to reduce friction. Bring a backup pair of socks with you and change socks as soon as you notice they are damp.
- Wear shoes that fit properly. Improperly-fitting shoes are the number one cause of blisters. There’s no such thing as a “breaking in period” for shoes – don’t fall for that one. Shoes should fit well and feel comfortable from the moment you walk out of the shoe store with them. Get your feet professionally measured and take the time to try on both shoes. Take them for a spin in the store on multiple types of surfaces if possible. Your feet tend to swell throughout the day, so it’s a great idea to shoe shop at the end of the day when your feet are their largest. Check the inside of the shoes for loose stitching or any stiff areas that might rub on your foot and cause a blister.
- Try a foot powder throughout the day that will help reduce sweating and keep your feet dry, especially if you’re going to be active!
If you’re dealing with a blister, we are here to help you. Here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our team of foot doctors is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in diagnosing and treating your feet or ankle issues. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!