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By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
December 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Though they often begin painlessly and grow slowly over time, hammertoes can cause serious trouble for your feet. This common hammertoecondition can eventually affect walking and standing, making these tasks more difficult. Learn more about what you can do about your hammertoes with Dr. Michael Stein Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA.

Do I have a hammertoe? 
A hammertoe occurs when one of the three joints of the toe develops a bend, causing the end of the toe to point downward. The term hammertoe comes from the final appearance of the toe, which looks like a hammer or claw. Symptoms of a hammertoe include:

  • a toe with a curled or claw-like appearance
  • pain or discomfort in the foot or leg
  • a corn or thickened callus on top of the toe
  • difficulty finding properly fitting shoes

Hammertoe Prevention 
Hammertoe is often caused by wearing improperly fitting shoes which are too narrow, too tight or high-heeled. These types of shoes cause the toes to crowd toward the middle of the shoe, causing the middle toes to curl and develop a hammertoe. The process is usually a long one, usually taking years to get to the point of pain or discomfort. However, hammertoe can also present itself at birth in some cases. Preventing hammertoe is often accomplished by simply wearing properly fitting shoes and wearing the correct shoes for the activity in which you’re participating.

Hammertoe Treatments in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro
Treating hammertoes varies on a case-to-case basis. Some less severe cases require splinting to help reposition the toe and stretch the tendons back into their normal positions. Physical therapy and special exercises can also help the process. Very severe cases may require surgery to correct the toe. If your hammertoe begins causing you pain or affecting your daily life, you should contact your podiatrist. Together, you can find the best treatment plan that works for you.

For more information on hammertoes, please contact Dr. Stein Dr. Ahmad at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Pleasanton, Los Gatos and San Leandro, CA. Call (510) 483-3390 to schedule your foot examination today!




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