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Signs of a Hammertoe

Hammertoes are abnormalities caused by faulty muscles, tendons, or ligaments around the toes. Hammertoes not only restrict a good shoe fit but don't look attractive also. Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi from Emerald Coast Podiatry has years of experience helping people with hammertoes in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL.

Hammertoes usually affect the second, third, or fourth toe. The middle joint of the toe bends to resemble a hammer.

The signs of hammertoe include :

  • Pain around the affected toe
  • A callus or corn on the toe
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty walking

Causes of hammertoe

  • Long toes
  • Prolonged wearing of Ill-fitting shoes
  • Flat feet or bunions
  • Genetics
  • Trauma

Diabetes, arthritis, and muscular disorders can increase the risk of developing a hammertoe. It is more likely to occur in older females than older males.

Management of hammertoes in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL

Untreated hammertoes can affect a person's quality of life as it worsens with time. Hammertoes are progressive and need treatment before they become permanently deformed.

Your physician will examine the foot clinically and order X-rays to make a diagnosis.

Some changes will bring relief in the early stages of the disorder:

  • Comfortable footwear, preferably open-toed
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises for the toe
  • OTC medications to reduce pain and swelling
  • Placing splints in shoes
  • Surgery

Consult your physician or physiotherapist for guidance on specific exercises. The type of surgery depends on whether the hammertoe is rigid or flexible. Early treatment is the best when it comes to turning to non-surgical management.

In some cases, recurrence occurs. Preventive measures one can take involve wearing comfortable flat shoes. Never wear footwear that forces the toes to be in abnormal positions.

Don't walk funny or hide those unappealing toes anymore. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi from Emerald Coast Podiatry in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and Niceville, FL, for hammertoes or related foot disorder treatment by calling our Fort Walton Beach office at (850) 862-4119 and Crestview office at (850) 682-6522 today.

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