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By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
January 25, 2018
Category: diabetic foot care
Tags: hammertoes   high-heels  

Hammertoes begin when abnormalities in the utility of the foot trigger the tightening of tendons and ligaments, resulting in the joints of the toe bending in an unusual way. This bending forces the toe to point upwards and in turn keeps the joint in a downward position. Hammertoes are also a serious issue for diabetics because of their poor circulation and because they have a higher risk of developing complications and foot ulcers.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Wearing shoes that have large toe boxes.
  • Refraining from wearing high-heels.
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting shoes if possible.
  • Use of padding to reduce pain or taping to relieve pressure.
  • Use of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling that may be caused by joint deformities from your hammertoe.
  • Orthotics are also used to alleviate pain and stop the hammertoe from getting worse.
  • Surgical procedures may be required when hammertoes get too stiff and stuck in the bent position. Surgery will accomplish the removal of the bone in the toe that is sticking out and put it back into its proper position, allowing the joint to heal for several weeks thereafter.

Hammertoes can grow into significant issues when not treated timely, such as an increase in rigidity, requiring surgery to fix the resulting deformity. The deformities this condition can cause will act as a severe hindrance to mobility. For these reasons, please contact us now so that we can help your toes become hammertoe free! Here at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC,  located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut, our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can assist with providing top-notch treatment for your hammertoes before they become insurmountable. So, make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and please take a moment to visit our Patient Education library to dive deeper into what you need to do in order to maintain optimal foot and ankle health now and in the future.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
September 20, 2017
Category: Toe conditions
Tags: hammertoes  

Hammertoes are not pleasant to look at, let alone having to deal with the pain. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Consider giving us a call to learn more or visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. 

Hammertoes are a bend in the middle joint of the toe and go from flexible to stiff during the course of its occurrence. As with many other foot conditions, the deformity in toes resulting from this condition is usually caused by poorly fitting shoes that are tight in the toe box or that have high heels. There are instances of this condition being caused by hereditary issues as well. Moreover, comfortable shoes are the key to avoiding this condition and since feet size can change with age, it is very important to have them measured from time to time to have the best fitting shoes. A half inch of space between the tip of your shoe and the largest toe is essential to providing your feet with a comfortable fit. Sandals and other shoes that don’t cover the toes are also a great option because they provide an open space and prevent unnecessary friction on the toes. Don’t hesitate to visit the Patient Education section of our website to learn more about how to prevent this condition.

Surgery may however be required if preventative measures do not work. Such surgery includes making incisions in the foot to release tendons so that they can be allowed to straighten. If the toe is not flexible, then another type of surgery whereby the toe is manually straightened will be necessary and will entail cutting tendons directly and eliminating bone pieces to stop any potential blocks that are not allowing the toe to straighten.

As you can see, hammertoes are not an easy problem to stop unless you take the proper steps early on in the condition. Please contact us today so that we may be able to determine whether your hammertoes can be stopped from getting worse or if surgery is required to bring your feet back to normal.

By Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC
August 26, 2017
Category: foot deformities
Tags: hammertoes   Health   ligaments  

Hammertoes have a surprising way of impacting your overall foot and ankle health! They happen when the first toe bends in an irritating manner at the joint. This condition can get more serious if left untreated. Our team of podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.

 

Hammertoes occur from an imbalance with muscles and ligaments around the toe joint which produces a bend in the middle joint of the toe. When this bending occurs, the toe become stuck in an awkward position. Hammertoes generally affect women in large numbers. The most common complaint is rubbing and irritation on the top of the bent toe. This occurs because women wear shoes that cause the toe to bend in an unnatural way. It may be stylish to wear certain shoes, but these choices have lasting consequences on the health of your toes. This condition causes the joints to collapse, making the toe point upwards. 

 

Hammertoes are a serious problem for diabetics because of their poor circulation and because they have a higher risk for contracting diseases and foot ulcers. Because certain individuals are more susceptible to this condition, surgery may be the only choice if your hammertoes become seriously bent due to a lack of preventative measures. Removal of the joint or redirecting the tendon may be used as surgical procedures and will ensure proper foot health. Exercises may help prevent the need for surgery, but stretching your toes is one of the best methods to get better since it has the beneficial effect of relaxing your tendons.  

 

As you can see, Hammertoes are no joke. If you are experiencing this condition, please consider contacting our offices for an appointment as soon as possible. We will determine the best course of treatment specifically tailored for your wonderful feet and make sure those hammertoes don’t hammer away at your comfort anymore!

 

 

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
September 28, 2015
Category: foot health
Tags: hammertoes   Treatment   Foot Condition  

Hammertoes are some of the most common foot conditions that can develop. Many people often assume that hammertoes will disappear on their own; they often don’t realize, however, that there are a few treatments for the condition they can enlist to help them heal faster. Wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toe-box will keep the hammertoe from exacerbating. Gently massaging the affected toe, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications can also help ease the condition.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the pain and inflammation associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with podiatrist one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read More about Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.

Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can often be managed with noninvasive measures. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid and will not respond to non-surgical treatment.

Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should receive early attention. Hammertoes never get better without some kind of intervention.

The most common cause of hammertoes is a muscle/tendon imbalance. This imbalance, which leads to a bends of the toe, results from mechanical (structural) changes in the foot that occur over time in some people.

Hammertoes may be aggravated by shoes that don't fit properly. A hammertoe may result is a toe is too long and forced into a cramped position when a tight shoe is worn.

Occasionally, hammertoes are the result of an earlier trauma to the toe. In some people, hammertoes are inherited.

Common symptoms of hammertoes include:

  • Pain or irritation of the affected toe when wearing shoes.
  • Corns and calluses (a buildup of skin) on the toe, between two toes, or on the ball of the foot. Corns are caused by constant friction against the shoe. They may be soft or hard, depending upon their location.
  • Inflammation, redness, or a burning sensation.
  • Contracture of the toe.
  • In more severe cases of hammertoe, open sores may form.

Although hammertoes are readily apparent, to arrive at a diagnosis the foot and ankle surgeon will obtain a thorough history of your symptoms and examine your foot. During the physical examination, the doctor may attempt to reproduce your symptoms by manipulating your foot and will study the contractures of the toes. In addition, the foot and ankle surgeon may take x-rays to determine the degree of the deformities and assess any changes that may have occurred.

Hammertoes are progressive- they don't go away by themselves and usually they will get worse over time. However, not all cases are alike- some hammertoes progress more rapidly than others. Once your foot and ankle surgeon has evaluated your hammertoes, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs.

There is a variety of treatment options for hammertoe. The treatment your foot and ankle surgeon selects will depend upon the severity of your hammertoe and other factors.

A number of non-surgical measures can be undertaken:

  • Padding corns and calluses. Your foot and ankle surgeon can provide or prescribe pads designed to shield corns from irritation. If you want to try over the counter pads, avoid the medicated types. Medicated pads are generally not recommended because they may contain a small amount of acid that can be harmful. Consult your surgeon about this option.
  • Changes in shoewear. Avoid shoes with pointed toes, shoes that are too short, or shoes with high heels- conditions that can force your toe against the front of the shoe. Instead, choose comfortable shoes with a deep, roomy toe box and heels no higher than two inches.
  • Orthotic devices. A custom orthotic device placed in your shoe may help control the muscle/tendon imbalance. 
  • Injection therapy. Corticosteroid injections are sometimes used to ease pain and inflammation caused by hammertoes.
  • Medications. Oral nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Splinting/strapping. Splints or small straps may be applied by the surgeon to realign the bent toe. 

In some cases, usually when the hammertoe has become more rigid and painful, or when an open sore has developed, surgery is needed.

Often patients with hammertoe have bunions or other foot deformities corrected at the same time. In selecting the procedure or combination or procedures for your particular case, the foot and ankle surgeon will take into consideration the extent of your deformity, the number of toes involved, your age, your activity level, and other factors. The length of the recovery period will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed.

If you believe have a foot problem and do not currently see a podiatrist, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.

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