Beaver Valley Foot Clinic https://bvfootclinic.com Podiatrist Pittsburgh And The Top Foot Doctor IN Pittsburgh PA Wed, 30 Sep 2020 01:17:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.4 166401196 What’s wrong with my feet? https://bvfootclinic.com/whats-wrong-with-my-feet/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 01:08:58 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=5539 What’s wrong with my feet? The most commonly encountered skin problems seen by podiatrists. While a multitude of different skin problems are seen by podiatrists on a daily basis some occur much more often than others. When a rash or other skin irregularity is seen some type of infection is usually the culprit. These can…

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What’s wrong with my feet?

The most commonly encountered skin problems seen by podiatrists.

While a multitude of different skin problems are seen by podiatrists on a daily basis some occur much more often than others. When a rash or other skin irregularity is seen some type of infection is usually the culprit. These can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or even viruses, as in the case of warts. Direct irritation, such as caused by repetitive rubbing or friction, is also quite common, as are allergic reactions. To complicate matters the appearance and symptoms of the above conditions often mimic one another. For this reason, and many others, it’s always best to seek professional care for any skin problems of the feet.

What’s wrong with my feet?

#1—Plantar Warts

Technically known as verruca plantaris, plantar warts are caused by a viral infection. Much as it sounds these are normally found on the bottoms of the feet but are frequently encountered on the sides of the feet as well. Each individual wart, or verruca, usually appears as a raised, circular lesion with a flat top which can contain several small black spots. Even with their distinctive appearance it’s possible to mistake warts for calluses or corns. Warts are unusually resistant to treatment yet several techniques can eradicate them completely when used correctly.

#2—Corns and Calluses

As with blisters, corns and calluses are the result of repetitive rubbing or pressure. Calluses present as thickened areas of skin over pressure points, and are essentially a protective response to excessive friction. Most people have calluses to some degree and experience no symptoms at all. Only when calluses are unusually thick or become cracked do they typically cause problems. When this occurs the callus can be shaved down to restore more normal skin thickness and provide relief. Calluses commonly form on the heels and balls of the feet.

Corns are also caused by the same protective mechanism. They appear as raised and conical as opposed to broad and flat. They’re typically located on the outside of the pinkie (5th) toe, an area which is particularly prone to friction. Corns tend to be much more painful than calluses, and can be shaved down, treated with topical medications, or both.

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Botox for Hyperhydrosis https://bvfootclinic.com/botox-for-hyperhydrosis/ Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:33:20 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=5522 Using Botox to treat excessive sweating in several areas is safe and effective. These areas include the armpits (axilla), craniofacial area ( the face and head), and beneath the breast. The hands, feet and other comparatively small body areas can also be effectively treated using Botox. Most research has been done in treating the underarm area

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Botox: An Effective Solution for Hyperhydrosis

Botox for HyperhydrosisNumerous independent studies have shown that using Botox to treat excessive sweating in several areas is safe and effective. These areas include the armpits (axilla), craniofacial area ( the face and head), and beneath the breast. The hands, feet and other comparatively small body areas can also be effectively treated using Botox. Most research has been done in treating the underarm area. To date, several high quality studies have demonstrated that Botox results in an 82% to 87% reduction in underarm and foot sweating.

Most patients begin to see positive results in approximately 2 to 4 days after receiving their injections. You will typically realized peak results within 2 weeks, and typically last between 4 to 12 months. Some studies have demonstrated that Onabotulinumtoxin A can continue to work for as long as 14 months.

In addition, published results from long-term research studies have shown that follow-up treatment using Botox are safe and effective. These maintenance injections continue to result in improvements that are both significant and long lasting.

Botox still allows Temperature Regulation

As a natural bodily function sweating performs a key role in maintaining a stable body temperature. Botox treatments target only a small percentage of the body’s overall sweat glands and won’t impede this function in any way. For examples, the underarms house less than 2% of the body’s sweat glands. This means that targeted treatments using Botox are insignificant when it comes to the body’s ability to cool itself. Botox treatment are highly effective at reducing sweating in a small area of the body and have a very limited effect on overall temperature regulation. The body simply increases sweating in all other areas of the body by an insignificant amount. This phenomenon is known as compensatory sweating and is unnoticeable by patients in nearly all cases.

Further research has shown that Botox is approximately 80% to 90% effective in treating excessive sweating of the hands, e.g. palmar hyperhidrosis. As with other areas, follow-up injections are needed every 6 to 8 months.

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It is covered by some insurances

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Safety Tips for Walking https://bvfootclinic.com/safety-tips-for-walking/ Sun, 30 Aug 2020 21:50:33 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=5406 Safety Tips for Walking Good Footwork As you walk, place your foot down lightly. Do not slap or slam it down. Make sure that your foot comes in contact with the ground in a heel-then-toe progression. It may seem that when taking large steps you are covering more distance, however when landing the energy of…

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Safety Tips for Walking

Good Footwork

As you walk, place your foot down lightly. Do not slap or slam it down. Make sure that your foot comes in contact with the ground in a heel-then-toe progression. It may seem that when taking large steps you are covering more distance, however when landing the energy of the step is absorbed by the ground. Then it takes more energy to get you off on the next step making it more difficult to keep the body moving forward. Small to medium steps are preferable to maintaining your momentum.

Another “trick” to encourage the continuation of the forward motion, is leaning slightly forward. Utilizing this body position will “pull” your body mass forward while using the least amount of energy to do so. It also increases your walking cadence. Cadence is a rhythm or pace that measures the number of walking steps taken per minute. Your upper body also plays a significant role in effective walking. As your foot comes in contact with the ground, deliberately tighten the muscles in your buttock on the same side as the foot. As you rock forward onto your toes, intentionally push off with your toes propelling your body forward at a faster rate. Maintain a certain amount of tension in your core by gently pulling your belly button back in towards your spine. 

Hill Walking

Safety Tips for WalkingWalking down a gradient is perhaps one of the most dangerous situations that a walker will face. Many injuries occur due to the extra stress caused by coming down a slope. Make sure to take special care. When on a descent, the force absorbed by your joints and muscles is much greater than when you ascend a gradient. Poles are of particular use when descending. Be sure to use them if you have them. Not only will they absorb a percentage of the increased pressure from walking downhill, they will also help you to maintain your balance and avoid a fall and resulting injuries.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) https://bvfootclinic.com/extracorporeal-shockwave-therapy-eswt/ Sat, 22 Aug 2020 20:01:01 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=5381 Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) reduces cell death. Apoptosis is the medical term for the body’s natural rate of cell death. It can also be thought of as “cell turnover.” Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) brings cell turnover levels to normal in several disease states. If you experience the often excruciating pain of Plantar Fasciitis you want…

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) reduces cell death.

Apoptosis is the medical term for the body’s natural rate of cell death. It can also be thought of as “cell turnover.” Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) brings cell turnover levels to normal in several disease states. If you experience the often excruciating pain of Plantar Fasciitis you want relief. Fortunately, one of these conditons is the stubborn heel pain associated with this condition.

There’s even a growing body of evidence which supports ESWT. A recent study shows that this therapy normalizes rates of apoptosis in cases of Plantar Fasciitis. Even severe cases often respond extremely well.

Upregulation of growth factors

The aim of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is to jump-start and intensify the healing process. In other words, it forces healing to occur in chronically damaged areas where it otherwise would not. The perfect example is the Plantar Fascia. This is the long, flat tendon on the bottom of the foot. In some patients, damage occurs faster than the body can heal it. As you may unfortunately know, the extremely painful condition Plantar Fasciitis can result.

Yet how does this innovative Regenerative Therapy accomplish this? An ESWT treatment directs high-energy ultrasound waves into the damaged tissue. This process is known as “microtrauma,” literally “small trauma.” It is this type of controlled damage which triggers a sharp, fast, and powerful healing response.

The type of microtrauma caused by ESWT causes an immediate increase in cellular activity. A large part of this is an increase in production of several growth factors. In simple terms, growth factors are natural chemicals which cells release whenever healing is required. They are chemical signals which, basically, tell the body to “fix this tissue.” As you might imagine this is an incredibly sophisticated approach to a very treatment-resistant condition.

Once released, these growth factors spur ongoing healing for 9-12 weeks. The exact process is incredibly complex, and biologists are just beginning to fully understand it. To date, research has linked ESWT to the upregulation of potent growth factors such as EGF, eNOS, and VEG.

Note that this process is not dangerous (in fact it’s incredibly beneficial). The ultrasound energy can be targeted only onto injured tissue with extreme precision. No damage is done to the healthy surrounding tissue.

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Important Stretches for Walking https://bvfootclinic.com/important-stretches-for-walking/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:45:52 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=5375   Important Stretches for Walking: When preparing to walk, it is important to perform stretches that target the following muscles:  Quadriceps,  hip flexors,  calves,  glutes,  lower back and hamstrings. The above mentioned muscles are the key muscles used when walking for fitness. Make sure to stretch both sides. You should dedicate about 10-15 minutes to…

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Important Stretches for Walking:

Important Stretches for Fitness WalkingWhen preparing to walk, it is important to perform stretches that target the following muscles: 

  • Quadriceps, 
  • hip flexors, 
  • calves, 
  • glutes, 
  • lower back and
  • hamstrings.

The above mentioned muscles are the key muscles used when walking for fitness. Make sure to stretch both sides. You should dedicate about 10-15 minutes to Important Stretches for Walking.

Preventing Strains and Sprains

While not generally regarded as a strenuous form of exercise, you should still take fitness walking seriously. As with any physical activity, precautions must be taken to minimize the risk of injury.

You will soon realize that walking at any pace provides extraordinary rewards for your health including beneficial improvements in your joints and muscles. In addition, walking has been shown to have advantages on your heart, lungs, bowels, and even your brain. Walking at even a strolling pace will benefit your body. By increasing your pace, you will increase your heart rate and truly give your body an exceptional workout. By increasing your pace and using your walk as a form of fitness, you also increase your risk of injuring yourself. There are some important precautions you should keep in mind in order to walk efficiently, and to avoid injury.

Using your Upper Body as Important Stretches for Walking

When most of us think of walking, you generally consider it an activity that is specifically reserved to the legs and feet. While the legs do play a major part in walking, your arms and back also play a central role in your fitness walking technique. By deliberately moving your arms as you walk, you are getting your upper body involved and increasing your heart rate. To correctly use your arms, your elbows should be bent to approximately a right angle. This angle should remain relatively unchanged as you move your arms forward and back. Bending and straightening your elbows as you move your arms is a common mistake. Completing this motion creates significant stress on the joints in your shoulder. This can quickly cause shoulder pain and injury to present itself.

Arm Motion

Your arms are most efficient when they move alongside of your body in a forward and backward motion parallel to your path forward. If you swing your arms across your body you are decreasing the effectiveness of the arm swing by working against the energy that propels your body forward. Do not swing your upper arms too high. They should not exceed the height of your nipple line. Remember that your legs will move at the same rhythm as your arms. Therefore, by increasing the speed of your arm movements, you are also increasing the pace of your legs. It is an simple way to gain both speed and distance covered in the time you have. So keep those arms moving! 

Maintain your hands relaxed and in a slightly cupped position. If you use walking/running poles (see the section above about selecting the proper walking equipment) you should keep a firm (but not tensed) grip on the handles of the poles. Additionally, work hard to keep your shoulders from ascending upwards towards your ears. Instead keep your shoulders slightly pulled back without placing undue stress on the muscles and tendons. Bent them slightly downward. Make sure to keep your chest elevated. Maintain your gaze 10-15 stride lengths ahead of you by keeping your head up

Getting your Muscles Ready – Dynamic Stretching 

First you will want to warm up your body for 5 to 10 minutes. After warming up, you should stretch while your muscles are still warm. Do not allow your body to cool down before starting to walk. You should purposefully and slowly move through your full range of movement. Keep control of your movements by using your muscles. Do not simply allow momentum or gravity to carry your arms and legs through the movements. You should not allow your limbs to fall. Nor should you swing, fling or throw your body parts around. This encourages muscle use, warming them up. You will feel slight resistance in your muscles, but you should stop if you are feeling pain during a stretch.

The best way to start is with slow, low intensity movements. You should gradually progress your way up until you reach full-speed movements through your full range of motion. Repeat these motions several times (10-15 times). 

Following Up – Static Stretching 101

Static stretching should be done soon after you walk or run while the muscles are still warm. Slowly stretch your muscles to their max range. Hold the stretch in a stagnant (static) position. Resist the urge to bounce. You should feel a slight pull or resistance in the muscle, but you shouldn’t feel pain when stretching.

Hold each stretch position for 20-30 seconds. It is best to repeat each stretch 4 to 5 times.

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Tattoos and Eczema https://bvfootclinic.com/tattoos-and-eczema/ Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:47:43 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=5069 Tattoos and Eczema It seems that tattoos are getting more and more popular by the day, giving us the incorrect impression that getting a tat is risk free. Having eczema doesn’t mean that you cannot get inked, just that you’ll have to take some extra precautions. You should wait to have work done if you’re…

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Tattoos and Eczema

Tattoos and EczemaIt seems that tattoos are getting more and more popular by the day, giving us the incorrect impression that getting a tat is risk free. Having eczema doesn’t mean that you cannot get inked, just that you’ll have to take some extra precautions. You should wait to have work done if you’re having a flare-up. Also, you’ll want to check to see if you have an allergy to the ink that’s being used.

You will want to address any concerns you have about getting a tattoo with your dermatologist before heading out to the tattoo parlor. Many tattoo artists will offer to do a test tattoo to see if you react to the ink.

While eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition, the symptoms can lay dormant for months or years. A flare-up may be preceded by itchiness and redness. If you are experiencing these symptoms you will want to reschedule your tattoo appointment. You can reschedule once your flare-up has completely passed.

Tattoos and an Increased Risk with Eczema

Eczema is a condition of the autoimmune system. It often will flare-up when the immune system kicks into overdrive. Although Eczema may develop as a child, but sometimes in adults later. Additionally, there seems to be a genetic factor as eczema tends to run in families. Common triggers include:

  • acute illnesses
  • air pollution
  • chemical exposure
  • environmental allergies

There are some risks inherent with getting a tattoo. The risks of these side effects increase if you suffer from eczema or another preexisting skin condition. Your skin is already sensitive when you have skin conditions such as psoriasis. A tattoo can make this sensitivity even worse.

Tattoos and EczemaPossible Side Effects of Tattoos and Eczema

What can happen if I get a tattoo? Those that have eczema have a higher chance of experiencing skin reactions due to their hypersensitivity. These reactions may include:

  • an eczema flare-up (increased itching and redness)
  • an increase in itchiness during the healing process
  • scarring from improper healing
  • a rare allergic reaction to the ink used for the tattoo
  • development of an infection
  • hyper- or hypopigmentation (change to skin color)
  • appearance of keloids (large, raised scars)

Some people get tattoos to cover scars from a previous eczema flare-up. Having a tattoo done over a scar increases the risk of hyper- or hypopigmentation. It can also contribute to the development of keloids.

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment 101 https://bvfootclinic.com/plantar-fasciitis-treatment-101/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 22:19:28 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=2139 Plantar Fasciitis Treatment 101 Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is caused by an inflammation in the heel of the foot. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed causes of heel pain in active men and women between the ages of 40 and 70. It’s primary cause is the inflammation of the thick, weblike ligament…

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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment 101

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is caused by an inflammation in the heel of the foot. It is one of the most commonly diagnosed causes of heel pain in active men and women between the ages of 40 and 70. It’s primary cause is the inflammation of the thick, weblike ligament connecting your toes to your heel bone called the plantar fascia.

The pain brought on by plantar fasciitis can be debilitating. Luckily there are several in-home remedies that may be able to relieve the pain in your heel. While there have not been many medical studies into their efficacy, these methods have been used by million suffering from plantar fasciitis. You may find that they work better alone or in combination with one another.

  • Get off your feet. Let your feet rest by limiting or, if at all possible, eliminate those daily activities which exacerbate your heel pain. When possible, refrain from walking or running on concrete and other hard surfaces.
  • Wear proper footwear. The right arch support and good shock absorption are essential characteristics of appropriate footwear. Select an athletic shoe or a shoe with a lot of cushion in the sole.
  • Always wear your shoes. Put them on as soon as you get up. Not wearing shoes or going barefoot can make the pain worse. Avoid slippers as they don’t have the support that is needed.
  • Use shoe inserts. Many retailers carry shoe inserts (over-the-counter orthotics) and heel cups designed to help cushion the heel. Even if you only have pain in one foot, you should always use them in both shoes or you run the risk of developing other conditions.
  • Ice your heel. Icing the affected heel will relieve the pain by reducing inflammation.
  • Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen (such as Motrin or Advil), naproxen (for example Aleve) and other over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs will alleviate the pain. NSAIDs are most commonly taken orally via pills but many also have a cream that can be rubbed over the sore area.

Stretch you feet and legs. Doing simple exercises like, calf stretches, towel stretches and toe stretches can make your ligament more flexible. It will also build strength in the muscles that support your foot arch. Do them several times a day, most importantly first thing in the morning.

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Spider Veins https://bvfootclinic.com/spider-veins/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 21:16:54 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=3502 I think I might have spider veins. What should I do now? If you notice symptoms of spider veins ,a venous condition in their lower extremities, especially if you have numerous risk factors, we recommend that you come in for a consultation. We can use non-invasive ultrasounds and a thorough physical examination to test for…

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spider veinsI think I might have spider veins. What should I do now?

If you notice symptoms of spider veins ,a venous condition in their lower extremities, especially if you have numerous risk factors, we recommend that you come in for a consultation. We can use non-invasive ultrasounds and a thorough physical examination to test for chronic venous insufficiency. By getting a full picture of your vein health, we can insure that we are recommending the most appropriate medical treatment. If, during the exam, an underlying venous disease is found, we will first treat the chronic condition and then take steps to address the symptoms. 

On the other hand, if there is no evidence of an underlying venous disease then your superficial veins can be properly managed right here at the Advanced Vein Center. 

This past summer I noticed an increase in the number of those ugly blue veins on my legs. I booked an evaluation online for the Advanced Vein Center for after our beach vacation. When I went in, they ran some painless tests and as it turns out my veins are healthy. They suggested some treatments and provided me with a lot of information to make me feel comfortable about my decision. Next summer I won’t have to hide my legs under a wrap while at the beach.

-Laura (age 33)

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Hammertoes https://bvfootclinic.com/hammertoes/ Tue, 07 Apr 2020 23:00:39 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=4558 An overview of hammertoes and related deformities Hammertoes are often easily corrected in the office in a 15 minute procedure, allowing you to walk out with a light dressing. Those and mallet toe are relatively common deformities affecting the foot. The involved toes are instantly recognizable by their bent appearance. These conditions affect can affect…

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An overview of hammertoes and related deformities

hammertoesHammertoes are often easily corrected in the office in a 15 minute procedure, allowing you to walk out with a light dressing. Those and mallet toe are relatively common deformities affecting the foot. The involved toes are instantly recognizable by their bent appearance. These conditions affect can affect all structures of the toe including ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones. In milder cases the toes may have some mobility. Advanced cases tend to be fixed deformities and the toes entirely immobile.

This type of the deformity involves flexion of the involved toes. This simply means that the toes flex forward in a “clenched” position. They become locked in this position to varying degrees and are unable to straighten.

Hammertoes affect the 2nd through 4th toes, meaning that the big toe (1st) and pinkie toe (5th) are spared. Note that the 1st and 5th toes are not immune, and are prone to other types of bone and joint deformities. In the case of hammertoe, the middle joint of the toe is affected. In the case of mallet toe the distal joint (the one closest to the toenail) is affected.

Besides being unsightly the main symptom of both deformities are discomfort and pain due to abnormal pressure. It’s repetitive friction injures such as blisters, corns, and calluses are also common. In more severe cases the patient’s gait may become altered which can make walking more difficult.

The main cause of hammertoe and mallet toe is ill-fitting footwear. In very mild cases relief may be as simple as wearing shoes that fit properly. In the most severe cases surgery may be the only workable option. While such operations are often effective they should only be considered after all conservative treatments have failed.

Hammertoe and mallet toe are relatively common deformities affecting the foot. The involved toes are instantly recognizable by their bent appearance. These conditions affect can affect all structures of the toe including ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones. In milder cases the toes may have some mobility. Advanced cases tend to be fixed deformities and the toes entirely immobile.

This type of the deformity involves flexion of the involved toes. This simply means that the toes flex forward in a “clenched” position. They become locked in this position to varying degrees and are unable to straighten.

Hammertoes affect the 2nd through 4th toes, meaning that the big toe (1st) and pinkie toe (5th) are spared. Note that the 1st and 5th toes are not immune, and are prone to other types of bone and joint deformities. In the case of hammertoe, the middle joint of the toe is affected. In the case of mallet toe the distal joint (the one closest to the toenail) is affected.

Besides being unsightly the main symptom of both deformities are discomfort and pain due to abnormal pressure. It’s repetitive friction injures such as blisters, corns, and calluses are also common. In more severe cases the patient’s gait may become altered which can make walking more difficult.

The main cause of hammertoe and mallet toe is ill-fitting footwear. In very mild cases relief may be as simple as wearing shoes that fit properly. In the most severe cases surgery may be the only workable option. While such operations are often effective they should only be considered after all conservative treatments have failed.

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What causes hammertoe and mallet toe? https://bvfootclinic.com/what-causes-hammertoe-and-mallet-toe/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:35:43 +0000 https://bvfootclinic.com/?p=4507 What causes hammertoe and mallet toe? These hammertoe deformities have several well-established causes which include: Poorly fitting footwear: any shoes or boots which don’t allow the toes to lie flat have the potential to cause either deformity. Overly tight toe boxes are also major contributors. Note that high-heeled shoes are notorious for causing these conditions…

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What causes hammertoe and mallet toe?

Hammertoe symptoms PittsburghThese hammertoe deformities have several well-established causes which include:

  • Poorly fitting footwear: any shoes or boots which don’t allow the toes to lie flat have the potential to cause either deformity. Overly tight toe boxes are also major contributors. Note that high-heeled shoes are notorious for causing these conditions and several others.
  • Injury: trauma such as a severely stubbed toe can set a patient up for hammer or mallet toe. Poorly set fractures can also play a role.
  • Abnormal toe musculature: this can cause poor biomechanics which can lead to a host of foot conditions. This includes the deformities mentioned above.

Common risk factors for hammertoe

Some patients are much more likely to develop foot deformities than others. Common risk factors include:

  • Age: hammertoe and mallet toes occur much more frequently in the 5th-7th decades.
  • Gender: females are more prone to these conditions than males. The exact reasons for this are unknown.
  • Length of toes: individuals with a 2nd toe that’s longer than the big toe are at an elevated risk.
  • Systemic diseases: those with certain types of arthritis are more prone to developing these deformities. This includes osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Diabetes can also be a contributing factor..
  • Heredity: if you have a close relative with hammertoes or mallet toes you may be affected as well.

Complications of hammertoe and associated deformities

In its early stages a hammer or mallet toe will usually have some flexibility. In later stages, especially without early treatment, the tendons which cross the toe joints become permanently contracted. This in turn permanently fixes the toe into an abnormal position. At this point surgery is often the only viable option for re-straightening the toe.

Once the deformity becomes permanent the raised portion of the toe tend to rub against the patient’s shoe. This leads to repetitive friction which can cause blisters, corns, and calluses which range from mildly uncomfortable to outright painful. Can often be easily corrected in the office in a 15 minute procedure, allowing you to walk out with a light dressing.

Call 878-313-3338 today for a consultation on your treatment options!

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