Do you have toes that bend upwards? If so you may have hammertoes.
This issue happens when you have a muscle and ligament imbalance around the toe joint. This makes the middle joint of the toe bend and become stuck in that position. You might experience a little bit of discomfort on the top of the affected toes because of constant rubbing and irritation. Over time, you will probably develop corns over the bony prominence. The most common toe affected by this condition is the baby toe, but any toe that buckles is considered to have hammertoes.
There are many factors that could make someone susceptible to hammertoes, and some of these include shoe gear (which makes hammertoe more likely to happen to women because of high-heeled shoes), diabetes, and high arched or low-arched feet. Quite often the cause is flat feet.
Orthotics can slow down the progression of hammertoes. Dr. Feldman recommends extra depth shoes to take the pressure off these toes to prevent or slow down the development of painful corns. If severe, they may require surgery.
For more information on Hammertoes call our office and make an appointment with Dr. Feldman today.