Do you have questions about Hammer Toes? We have answers.
Do you have questions about hammer toes, claw toes, or mallet toes? Tanglewood Foot Specialists provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about these conditions. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider, call Tanglewood Foot Specialists at (713) 785-7881.
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Are hammer toes hereditary?
While hammer toes themselves are not hereditary, the foot type that causes them are. If you always noticed that your parent or grandparent with toes that hump up, you are at risk for developing one too! This is an important distinction, since if you notice your toes starting to buckle early, you can take measures to prevent a hammertoe from developing. It is important to note that hammer toes are generally not caused by shoes, but rather by the mechanics and overall stability of your foot.
If your foot resembles a family member who has a one or more toes that are hammer toes, or you notice that your toes are starting to buckle, don't wait to get it checked. When you treat a hammer toe in the early stages, the faulty mechanics can be addressed with a custom orthotic to restore stability to the foot. This can prevent hammer toes from forming or stop them from progressing.
If you have been suffering with hammer toes that are starting to hurt in your favorite shoes, or simply thing they're ugly, call our Houston podiatry office. Dr. Andrew Schneider will evaluate your hammer toe condition and make a recommendation for the absolute best treatment to get you feeling better.
Did I get hammer toes by wearing tight shoes?
Tight shoes can contribute to hammertoes, but are unlikely to be the main cause of your hammertoes. Hammertoes are most commonly caused by an instability in the feet leading to some muscles pulling harder than others. This results in the toes being pulled up and buckled.
Once a hammertoe is formed, tight shoes do contribute to excess pressure on the toes and the formation of corns. A corn is thick skin that develops on areas of pressure, most commonly on and between the toes. Although it is the body's way to protect itself from excessive pressure, the pressure formed by the corn often becomes painful. Corn pads may be useful to manage the pressure to stop corns from forming or to stop being painful once a corn forms. It is best to only use non-medicated pads, however.
Does a hammertoe splint help cure hammertoes?
A hammertoe splint cannot cure a hammertoe. The splint helps to loosen contracted soft tissue and may it reduce slightly. Most hammertoes have a contracture involving the bones and joints which are not affected by hammer toe splints.
With a hammertoe that is flexible, a hammertoe splint can maintain the toe in good position and prevent it from rubbing against a shoe and forming a corn. Putting a hammertoe splint on a toe that has a more rigid deformity will not be effective and can even make the toe more painful.
How do i stop my shoes from hurting my hammertoes?
Pressure of a hammertoe pressing against a shoe, often causing a corn to form, is the primary reason why a hammertoe causes pain. Anything that can be done to reduce the pressure from the shoe can also reduce the pain involved.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your shoes do not hurt your hammertoes is to choose the most appropriate shoes. Selecting a shoe that fields your foot properly, should have little or no ores sure on the toes. If pressure does remain, the use of hammertoe splints can straighten the toes and reduce the pressure. Padding is also effective to eliminate pressure on "hot spots" where corns can form.
Can a little toe develop a hammertoe?
All toes can develop into a hammertoe. When the little toe becomes a hammertoe, however it may appear different from the others. A fifth toe hammertoe twists around so the toenail appears to be on the side of the foot, rather than the top of the foot. This change in position causes the toe to get pressure where it wouldn't otherwise and become painful.
He twisting of a fifth toe hammertoe also often increases the pressure between the fifth and fourth toes, causing a buildup of dead skin, or a soft corn, to form. This becomes quite painful, especially in closed shoes. If the pain becomes too much to handle, surgery can be done to reposition the toe, eliminate the pressure, and remove the soft corn.