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What Causes Hammer Toes?

By Edited Dec 16, 2015 0 0

For women in particular, the main cause of hammer toes is wearing shoes that are too narrow and tight such as high heels and espadrilles. This is because when you wear these shoes frequently and for long hours, you put excessive pressure on your toes and joints. High heels are beautiful and they make you appear taller and sexier, but they often come with minor risks to your feet’s health. If you want to prevent hammer toes as a woman you don’t have to eliminate high heels altogether but it’s a good idea to wear these occasionally. It also helps to put foot cushions in your shoes to keep the toes in the right position as you walk.

Remember escalating cases require immediate hammer toe treatment. If this is your situation, then you may need surgery to treat the hammertoe. Or you can do some toe exercises and wear corrective footwear which you’ll find at diabetic supply stores and some drugstores. Another idea is to file down the corns on your feet a few months after the injury as this relieves the pain from the hammertoe and reduces the appearance of future hammertoes.

Diabetes is another factor in the development of hammer toes and this comes from nerve and muscle damage to your toes. You can visit your doctor and ask if he can recommend certain remedies or procedures for treating hammer toes as a diabetic. You can also visit a diabetic supply store and look for corrective footwear, foot cushions and ointments for pain relief. If you’re a diabetic you should watch your consumption of sodium and sugar as this may affect your toes’ circulation and nerves. Seeking hammer toe treatment may be especially important in such cases.

For those who practice poor foot posture, this is another reason why you’re developing hammertoes. When you walk, it’s important not to put excessive pressure on your feet and when you sit in the office, use a footrest so you won’t overwork your feet. If you’re a dancer or athlete, it’s essential that you practice good foot posture to prevent hammer toes. Purchase some books and read online articles on the relationship between foot posture and hammer toes.

Genetics also plays a role in the development of hammer toes. If you have a family history of foot problems, then it’s highly probable that you’re going to get hammertoes. If this is true for you, discuss this with the podiatrist and ask for recommendations on how you can treat the hammertoes.

In some cases, birth defects are a cause of hammer toe. If this is your case, meet with your doctor to discuss whether surgery will be the best option for you or if simple home remedies would work the best. If the hammertoe’s pain isn’t severe, then you can do some toe exercises or purchase a toe straightener.

Corns and bunions are causes of hammer toes, and you can file down or have these removed to treat and prevent future hammer toes. Excessive corns and bunions create pressure on your toes and this leads to hammer toes. These are just a few such conditions that you should seek hammer toe treatment for.

One type of hammer toe treatment is to stretch your toes and feet and this reduces the stress on your toes and feet while you’re walking or running. Another idea is to wear corrective footwear which reshapes the deformed toes over a period of time and you can find this at diabetic supply stores and departments. You can also wear some foot pads or cushions in your shoes. Such are the preferred hammer toe treatment method as it not only  naturally helps  relieve the deformity in your toes but they relieve the pain of the hammer toe as well.

Another type of hammer toe treatment is to get some medications from your foot doctor and apply an ice pack to the hammer toe. Another idea is to soak your toes in a hot bath filled with Epsom salt. People with arthritis sometimes use this as a way to relieve the pain from their hammer toes without having to get surgery and it has worked for many generations. When my grandmother suffered from a hammer toe, she soaked her toes in hot water with Epsom salt and it worked for her. She swore by this as a highly effective form of hammer toe treatment.

For more serious forms of hammer toe, you’ll probably need a surgery. When you research different foot surgeons, verify that they’re certified and licensed by visiting the website of your state’s medical licensing board and find out more about the surgeons. Also ask friends if they know of any good foot surgeons that do an excellent job in hammer toe treatment. When you met with the doctor, ask what will happen during the surgery and how you should take care of your toes after the surgery.

Another type of hammer toe treatment is a change in your wardrobe. Avoid shoes that put too much pressure on the front of your feet because this is what usually causes hammer toe. Also avoid wearing high heels that are more than two inches high because this will irritate your toes and make the condition worse. If you’re getting shoes for your child, you should measure his feet before buying shoes. This is a highly underrated form of hammer toe treatment.

Another thing you can do is have a trained foot doctor remove the thick corns on some of your toes because corns add extra pressure to the hammer toe. When you have the corns filed or removed, you’ll experience less pain and the hammer toe will heal quicker.

Another type of hammer toe treatment is bed rest. This is a good idea if you’ve been on your feet for a long time and the hammer toe is hurting a lot. Once you rest for a while, the pain in the hammer toe should go away soon.

Toe exercises are another type of hammer toe treatment. These exercises involve stretching your toes and maneuvering them until the toes are back in the right shape as the rest of the toes. You can find articles about toe exercises on health websites and in print magazines about podiatry. Also talk to your doctor about hammer toe exercises.



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