Hammertoe is an imbalance within the muscles and ligaments surrounding the joint of the big toe, but an abnormally bent joint also characterizes it. As a result, the toe suffers a significant amount of rubbing and friction, which irritates the skin.
Hammertoes are common in both the little toe and the one next to it. The condition can occur in any toe that naturally curves. High heels, or any shoe that is pointed or tends to restrict the toes, can cause this type of condition. It occurs in women more often than men, simply because of the kinds of shoes they wear. If you have diabetes or have problems with your circulation, you have a higher risk of being diagnosed with hammertoes.
Dr. Georges can diagnose either type of hammertoe:
Rigid: The toe won't move because it's no longer in the right position.
Flexible: The joint is still flexible at the joints.
The human body relies on balance to thrive. Many of the organs come in pairs, much like the muscles. The muscles of the toes also come in pairs. If either of the muscles is out of balance, or stronger than the other, it can result in a hammertoe. Hammertoes cause pressure to build on the joint and forces the bones of the toe out of their normal position causing it to look like a miniature hammer.
A variety of things can cause an imbalance in the muscles. The most common causes include:
The signs or symptoms of a hammertoe are as follows:
Dr. Georges offers treatment options for hammertoes that can relieve your pain and discomfort. With the use of orthotics, various types of padding, and shoes that are custom-fitted to your feet will take the pressure off of the toe joint and help it return to its natural position.
In cases where the hammertoe is severe, Dr. Georges may recommend surgery. However, he only recommends surgery after all other avenues of treatment have failed.
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