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By contactus@ctfootcare.com
September 09, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoes   Toe Pain   foot relief  

At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we treat many patients with the deformity known as hammertoe. Patients can usually easily identify this condition by the bend in the middle joint of the second, third or fourth toe that causes it to resemble its namesake. What they may be less aware of, however, is that there are treatment options available to decrease pain and discomfort from hammertoes. In addition, not treating a hammertoe in its early stages can result in it becoming rigidly fixed in the bent position. Over time, painful corns and calluses may develop on the top of the toe joint or the tip of the toe.

Our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will start by examining your toe and foot and ordering an x-ray of the affected area. Once the diagnosis and severity of the hammertoe are confirmed, the foot doctor will determine the best course of treatment. Treatment options include:

Medication—cortisone injections may be prescribed to relieve extreme pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs may also be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.

Taping—to change the imbalance around the toes and provide pain relief by altering the pressure on the toe, taping may be used.

Padding—placing soft padding on the top of the hammertoe can offer immediate relief from pressure and friction from footwear.

Shoe modifications—choosing shoes with roomy toe boxes made out of soft, flexible material may also help.

Exercises—the foot doctor may prescribe toe stretching and muscle strengthening exercises.

Custom orthotics—inserts made for your unique foot can redistribute weight and correct faulty foot function to reduce the imbalance causing the hammertoe.

If conservative measures fail to bring relief or the hammertoe has progressed to a permanently rigid position, surgery may be the only option. If you suspect you have a hammertoe developing, don’t delay. Contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices as soon as possible.

By contactus@ctfootcare.com
March 11, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions

You may not be sure what’s wrong, but all you know is that your feet hurt! The pain seems to be mostly in your toes, however, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to flex them like you used to. Maybe you stubbed your toe or haven’t quite recovered from that night out in super high heels. Or perhaps you have a bunion on your big toe that somehow seems to be causing pain in your other toes. While bunions only affect your big toe, discomfort and loss of flexibility in your other toes can be a telltale sign of a similar but different issue. How can you tell if you have hammertoes or are at a higher risk of developing them?

 

  • Your foot pain tends to localize specifically to your toes.
  • Your toes, besides your big toe, tend to scrunch or tense up even when relaxed.
  • It’s uncomfortable or painful to stretch or stand on your tippy-toes.
  • You’ve noticed sores, corns, calluses, or irritation on the tip or ‘knuckles’ of your toes where they tend to rub against your shoes.
  • There is little to no space in your shoes for your feet to stretch or flex.
  • You often wear shoes with heels that are one inch or higher.
  • You develop blisters, corns, or calluses elsewhere on your feet that might indicate excessive tension, friction, or irritation from your shoes.

 

While hammertoes can be painful and difficult to deal with, they are far from impossible to treat. Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help! The worst cases may require surgical correction but it doesn’t have to get to that point! The earlier you address the problem with Dr. Jeffrey S. Kahn, Dr. Craig M. Kaufman, Dr. Ayman M. Latif, or Dr. Raffaella R. Pascarella, the better your chances are of overcoming this uncomfortable foot issue. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our six locations across Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington, and Kensington, Connecticut!

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!