Hammertoe is a deformity due to the contracture of the small joints in the toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the joint, causing it to resemble a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible/rigid and require surgery. People with hammertoes may develop corns on the top of the toe due to friction from shoegear. Callouses on the bottom of the foot may develop as the joints proximal to the contracture force heavy pressure on the bottom surface of the foot.
The major causes of hammertoes include improperly fitting shoes and muscle imbalance.
Treatment for the condition typically involves wearing shoes with soft, roomy toe boxes and toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. It is important to remember that shoes should be comfortable AND supportive. Nonmedicated corn/callous pads may also temporarily relieve symptoms.
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 December 2010 18:52