Nail Down the Best Treatment
Try to give your toes some space. If that’s means wearing sandals because all of your other shoes cram your toes, that’s fine. Having enough room is vital in preventing this deformity. When you’re shopping for a new pair, pick shoes that have a wide toe box. That way, the front of your foot isn’t squishing together. Always buy your shoes at the end of the day when your feet are swollen. Make sure the shoe extends a half inch longer than your longest digit. Consider your corns, too. Buy a pair with a deep toe box so nothing’s hitting the top of your shoe.
Orthotics, shoe inserts, and corn pads are another way to minimize pressure and redistribute where it is placed. We can make custom orthotics for you—right in our office! If you make an appointment with us, we can also suggest some stretches. For example, you can try picking up small items, like Legos or marbles, with your feet.
Surgery is an option we might talk with you about. However, that’s only after the conservative treatments have been tried and failed. Some procedures for hammertoes involve removal of the tendon while others remove pieces of bone.
Bring the hammer down on hammertoes and get treatment at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. You can reach our office in Carmichael, CA, at 916-961-3434 to make an appointment. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest!