Foot Problems

Hammertoes

A hammertoe is a contraction deformity, resulting in bony prominence's on the toes.

Source: British Columbia Association of Podiatrist - http://www.foothealth.ca/ Retrieved: 2009-06-01

Image Source: Wikipedia.org - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Toe_008.jpg Retrieved: 2009-06-01

Causes Of Hammertoes

  • Heredity
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Muscle or biomechanical imbalance
  • Arthritis

What can you do?

  • Wear a supportive shoe with a deep toe box.
  • Apply cold compresses.
  • Soak the foot in lukewarm water to relieve pain.

What can a Podiatrist do?

  • Perform a physical examination
  • Request an X-ray, bone scan, CT, MRI or other imaging studies through G.P.
  • Perform trimming and padding.
  • Recommend an over-the-counter arch support or prescribe a custom orthoses.
  • Perform surgery as indicated.