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Many people experience hammertoe. It is a common deformity of the toes. Occurring most commonly in the second or third toe, it is usually due to improper shoes. If you wear footwear that is too narrow or shoes that have no arch support, your foot will suffer as a result. Suppose this condition is continued to be left untreated? In that case, you might find that you experience other issues, such as warts, sores on the bottom of the feet that turn into open wounds, instability in your feet, injuries, or a loss of mobility over time.
It can also cause pain in conjunction with other issues such as calluses, ingrown toenails, and things of that nature. However, if you treat your hammertoe early on, you can avoid surgery later on as it is manageable.
You have many options that you can do, but only if the toe is still flexible. If you can still move your toe quickly, a foot doctor may suggest one of these methods.
Proper footwear- A podiatrist will recommend switching your shoes right away and might recommend custom orthotics.
Injections-In cases where you are experiencing extreme foot pain, a podiatrist will recommend cortisone injections. That fact is also actual in some instances of Plantar Fasciitis, issues with your heel, Achilles Tendon issues, and painful conditions.
Over-the-counter solutions can help in cases as well. A foot strap can help the mobility of your ankle and foot and relieve the pain. Another option you can use is corn pads. These are most often used for warts, corns, and bunions; however, they can be helpful.
A hammertoe is a severe issue, and you shouldn’t wait to have it treated. Once you lose the ability to move your toe, surgery becomes a necessity. The Desert Podiatric Medical Specialists serving Green Valley, AZ, Tucson, AZ, and Oro Valley, AZ, are dedicated to producing the best results. Our doctors can give state-of-the-art services such as pulse therapy, PinPointe FootLaser techniques, Radial Pulse Therapy, diabetic shoes, the most technologically sound scanners, and pressure sensors you the healing you need. Our team of doctors, Christopher M. Funk, D.P.M., FACAS, Bradley A. Whitaker, D.P.M., FACAS, Peter C Merrill, D.P.M., AACFAS, and Zeno Pfau, D.P.M., can give you the best care every time. Please call us today at (520) 575-0800 and let us help you get the treatment you need.