If you are noticing that your middle toes are bent downward, you may have developed a condition that is referred to as hammertoe. It is generally caused by wearing shoes that have little support in addition to having inadequate room for the toes to move about in. These shoes may cause the muscles and tendons in the toes to become weak and may be unable to aid in straightening the toes. If shoes that are worn fit properly and are comfortable, hammertoe development may be preventable. Research has shown that despite wearing the proper footwear, there may be genetic reasons why this ailment may occur. These may include being born with the second toe that is longer than the big toe or having specific medical conditions that may encompass arthritis or diabetes. If you notice that hammertoe is beginning to develop, it is suggested to consult with podiatrist as quickly as possible to begin the correct course of treatment.
Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Donald Manger of Associated Podiatric Physicians, PA. Dr. Manger will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.
Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.
- Painful and/or difficult toe movement
- Joint stiffness
- Physical deformity
- Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
- Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
- Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
- Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe
If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.
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