Eugenie Bolig
Without suffering, there'd be no compassion.
Treatment For Hammer Toes
Hammer ToeOverview


hammertoe a bending and hardening of the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes. If you look down at your feet and you can?t see the tips of the toenails, you might suffer from hammertoe. Early signs of hammertoe are a bend in the joint of any toe except the big toe. The bend in the joint causes the top of the toe to appear to curl under as if it?s ?hammering? into the floor.


Causes


The APMA says that hammertoe can result from a muscle imbalance in the foot that puts undue pressure on the joints, ultimately causing deformity. Inherited factors can contribute to the likelihood of developing hammertoe. Arthritis, stroke or nerve damage from diabetes or toe injuries such as jamming or breaking a toe can affect muscle balance in the foot, leading to hammertoe. The Mayo Clinic says that wearing improper shoes often causes hammertoe. Shoes that squeeze the toes, such as those with a tight toe box or with heels higher than two inches, can put too much pressure on the toe joints.


HammertoeSymptoms


People who have painful hammertoes visit their podiatrist because their affected toe is either rubbing on the end their shoe (signaling a contracted flexor tendon), rubbing on the top of their shoe (signaling a contracted extensor tendon), or rubbing on another toe and causing a painful buildup of thick skin, known as a corn.


Diagnosis


The earlier a Hammer toe hammertoe is diagnosed, the better the prognosis and treatment options. Your doctor will be able to diagnose your hammertoe with a simple examination of the foot and your footwear. He or she may take an x-ray to check the severity of the condition. You may also be asked about your symptoms, your normal daily activities, and your medical and family history.


Non Surgical Treatment


If the affected toe is still flexible, you may be able to treat it by taping or splinting the toe to hold it straight. Your family doctor can show you how to do this. You may also try corrective footwear, corn pads and other devices to reduce pain. You may need to do certain exercises to keep your toe joints flexible. For example, you may need to move and stretch your toe gently with your hands. You can also exercise by picking things up with your toes. Small or soft objects, such as marbles or towels, work best. If your hammer toe becomes painful, you may need to apply an ice pack several times a day. This can help relieve the soreness and swelling. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (also called NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (two brand names: Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (one brand name: Aleve), may be helpful. If your pain and swelling are severe, your doctor may need to give you a steroid injection in the toe joint.


Surgical Treatment


Hammertoe surgery is performed when conservative measures have been exhausted and pain or deformity still persists. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. It typically required about one hour of time. An incision is placed over the inter-phalangeal joint. Once the bone is exposed, the end portion of the bone is removed. Your surgeon may then use pins or other fixation devices to assist in straightening the toe. These devices may be removed at a later date if necessary. Recovery for hammertoe surgery is approximately 10 to 14 days. You are able to walk immediately following the surgery in a surgical shoe. Swelling may be present but is managed as needed. Physical therapy is used to help reduce swelling in the toe or toes after surgery. Most of these toe surgeries can be performed in the office or the outpatient surgery under local anesthesia.
Comments
Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/02/18 15:46] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/02/26 11:37] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/03/08 09:02] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/03/25 19:56] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/03/26 04:23] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/04/02 11:31] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/04/05 20:25] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/04/08 10:58] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2016/04/09 13:43] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/04/27 07:43] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/05/01 11:18] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/05/25 04:36] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/05/26 21:09] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/05/28 04:44] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/05/30 16:49] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/08/03 19:12] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/08/12 01:58] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/08/18 09:37] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/08/27 02:03] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/03 04:04] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/03 19:45] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/04 12:27] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/09 08:22] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/09 10:05] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/09 15:18] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/09 16:55] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/09 22:14] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/11 12:57] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/12 11:27] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/13 16:20] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/14 19:08] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/15 21:00] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/15 23:42] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/17 04:08] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/18 09:41] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/23 05:57] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/27 08:14] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/27 20:28] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/09/28 00:16] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/10/02 19:28] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/10/05 21:24] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/10/11 04:19] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/10/19 09:51] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/11/10 07:13] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/11/12 13:26] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/11/14 09:21] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/11/14 17:44] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/12/11 04:47] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/12/17 04:44] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/12/17 11:07] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2017/12/28 03:15] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/01/08 11:27] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/02/04 09:33] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/02/06 10:52] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/02/16 07:02] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/03/22 08:10] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/06/01 03:22] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/07/12 15:30] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/08/05 07:03] | # [ Edit ]

Comment is pending approval.
Comment is pending blog author's approval.
[2018/08/18 06:01] | # [ Edit ]


Post a comment














Only the blog author may view the comment.


Trackbacks
Trackbacks URL
http://eugeniebolig.blog.fc2.com/tb.php/6-d4ef1b5f
Use trackback on this entry.