After hearing the word ‘hammertoes’, the image that comes instantly into the mind is a rigorously crooked toe crossing through the next toes. It is also known as mallet toe or claw toe that can happen with the second, third or fourth toe, although in most of the cases, the second toe is affected. From the severest sense, hammertoes may take in an extensive array of toe position deformity which others cannot notice by looking at the feet from above, however, it can still cause symptoms. Usually women are more prone to suffer from hammertoes. And a study conducted by the American Orthopaedic, Foot and ankle Society revealed that ninety percent of all women who go to the podiatrist and undergo common surgeries have suffered from bunions and hammertoes.
Usually by wearing very tight and short shoes or those pointed and narrow shoes, hammertoes can develop. Sometimes, due to the growth of bunions, hammertoes may cause where the big toe slants towards and beneath the second toe. Therefore, the big toe pushes up the next toe, virtually making it useless. Sometimes muscle imbalance causes contracted toes. Even injury, arthritis or birth defect may be the reason behind hammertoes, but the main reason for this toe problem is ill-fitting shoes.
There are different types of symptoms seen in hammertoes and sometimes these are painful. Due to the ill-fitted shoes, the joints and tendon contract become distorted. Therefore, one or more than one toes appear in a hook or claw position and sometimes trying to cross each other in the attempt of finding space in the short spaced shoes. Moreover, two more foot maladies can escort hammertoes. Sometimes, a callus forms under the metatarsal top and as a result, a hard lump forms above the bend in the shoe where it often rubs against the internal portion of the shoe. In both the cases, it feels painful and disfiguring.
Before you rush to the podiatrist, it is always better to take some preventive steps. After all, you cannot ignore the golden proverb- ‘prevention is better than cure’. Therefore, at first you need to choose your shoes wisely that can promote adequate foot comfort and health. If you are still using the ill-fitting shoes, change them immediately. One cannot compromise the foot health only for the sake of fashion. And still if you likely to cling to your tight-fitted uncomfortable shoes, it is better to consult your foot doctor for the next date of surgery.
There are several idea shoes available especially for the hammertoes patients where you may find some items with deep toe box or the toe-shaped rounded one. And these are usually made of soft composition. Since a large number of people in Sacramento suffer from the problem of hammertoes, you won’t face any problem to find the ideal shoes as its prevention.
However, when you cannot control the pain through changing your shoes, it is the indication that you need to consult the podiatry specialist who may suggests you for surgery.
For more information or questions, please contact one of our local Sacramento podiatrist for an immediate response.