Don't Ignore Your Hammertoes

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Don't Ignore Your Hammertoes

Just like a bunion usually affects the joint of the big toe, a hammertoe often affects the joints of the smaller toes. This joint deformity causes the small toes to curl or bend downward, resembling a claw. If you aren’t experiencing any pain or issues with this hammertoe you may think it’s not something to worry about; however, it’s important to turn to our Indianapolis foot doctor Dr. Jeffrey Agricola to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Why should I treat my hammertoes?

A hammertoe is a progressive condition, so while it might seem minor right now problems could arise if you don’t properly care for your feet from here on out. The sooner our Indianapolis foot doctor diagnosis your hammertoe the sooner you can change your routine to accommodate and improve your foot health. There are certain simple lifestyle adjustments that you can make each and every day to prevent the hammertoe from getting worse.

These lifestyle modifications include:

  • Wearing shoes that don’t bunch up the toes and give your toes enough room to wiggle and move around
  • Not wearing socks or stockings that are too tight and restrictive
  • Performing certain foot and toe exercises and stretches to help strengthen and retrain the muscles

If a hammertoe doesn’t receive the proper treatment it can progress from a flexible deformity to a rigid hammertoe. A rigid hammertoe means that the affect toe or toes will not be able to be straightened out. This can lead to persistent pain and discomfort, particularly during activity. A corn or callus may also develop on the hammertoe as the deformity gets worse, causing shoes to rub against the toe. At this point simple lifestyle modifications won’t be enough to treat a rigid hammertoe, the only way to correct the issue is through surgery to repair the damaged joint.

Are you concerned that one or more of your toes may be developing into hammertoes? Even these common problems can be prevented if you know what to do. Turn to our foot doctor at Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.