Treatments for Hammertoes in Pittsburgh
Do your toes rub in your shoes?https://www.bvfootclinic.com/corns-and-calluses-2/
Are there sore red spots on your toe knuckles?
Do you suffer from corns and callouses?
There are simple office procedures that can help solve all these problems!
What Is A Hammer Toe?
Most commonly affecting the baby toe or a second toe that is a bit longer than the others, a hammer toe is a genetically inherited conditions where the toes are bent and can be very painful.
Symptoms Of Hammer Toes
You Don’t have to live with toe pain.
For most people, unless you wear tight dress shoes, hammertoes are not a problem. But people that do dress up for work or play know what the symptoms of hammertoes are all too well! Redness at the bent knuckles, soreness where the toe rubs the shoe, and sometimes painful corns or calluses are common hammertoe symptoms. Sometimes the corns appear between the baby toe and the 4th toes and may even rub a hole in the skin, called an ulcer.
Diabetics, patients with poor circulation, and those with neuropathy are at particular risk, and may not even realize it. A small hole in the skin can lead to an infection, amputation of the toe, or even the foot.
Seek Hammer toe Treatment from a Board Certified Podiatrist
Home remedies can be dangerous; see a podiatrist if:
• Painful ball of the foot
• Unsightly appearance
• painful walking in shoes
• shoes don’t fit, or toes are cramped
• Worsening toe deformity
• Toe pain or redness on the knuckle
Non-surgical Treatments for Hammer Toes
As soon as you realize you have a problem with your toes, call a podiatrist. She can help you find non-operative treatments for hammer toes, or claw toes, and are geared toward decreasing spain (and/or calluses) andkeeping you from developing a much worse problem.
Simple home treatments you can do immediately are:
• Wear a wide comfortable , more squared toe box
• Use an arch support or wear supportive shoes
• cut back on activities that cause pain
• offload callused areas
• apply exfoliative callus cream daily, available through your podiatrist( over the counter ones can be dangerous
• Periodic care from your podiatrist
DO NOT use medicated callus pads with out first checking with your podiatrist
Non surgical care of hammertoes at a Drs office:
• Toe Splints or Pads
• Custom Foot Orthotics
• Anti-inflammatory Medicines
• Physical Therapy
Hammer Toe Surgery
Straighteningand/ or shortening of a painful hamertoe can be done in a single simple 15 minute office procedure. Walking is resumed immediately in a special shoe. Those with sitting jobs can office return to work aftera hammertoe surgery after as little as a long weekend. Call for details today!