Now, you may be experiencing abnormal bends both at the second and third toe joints – this is a condition known as claw toes, and it will usually happen in all four of the small toes at the same time.
Aside from giving your feet an unnatural appearance, toe deformities can also cause pain and discomfort, making it difficult to do simple things like wearing your favorite pair of shoes or participating in regular activities. Not to mention that the risk of developing calluses is also heightened due to the toe’s unnatural positioning which causes pressure and friction on those deformed areas of the foot.
Treating Toe Deformities
You should keep in mind that these conditions are progressive and will likely become worse over time – especially when left untreated. But the good news is nonsurgical care at early stages can help with managing symptoms and preventing the condition from progressing.
Some common conservative treatment options include:
- Taking OTC pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Wearing night splints
- Modifying footwear, and more.
Please note that the goal of these conservative treatment methods is to relieve any pain and discomfort you may be experiencing and stop the deformity from becoming worse. Since progressive conditions like these are irreversible, it is impossible to actually correct them without surgery.
Surgical procedures are only recommended if the condition is causing severe pain and difficulty when walking. And, if that is your case, then you can find comfort in knowing that our team of experts have performed hundreds of successful surgeries to correct toe deformities just like yours.
Advances in surgical techniques have made these procedures less invasive and quicker to recover from than ever before!
Find Expert Diagnosis and Treatment at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group
So if your feet are starting to show unusual signs, or if a foot or toe deformity has started to cause you pain, come visit one of our offices. We are conveniently located in Carmichael and Roseville, CA to better serve you and your family’s needs.
For more information on toe deformities or to schedule an appointment, simply give us a call at 916-961-3434.