Posts for: December, 2017
What your foot doctors in Clintonville and Dublin want you to know
A hammertoe gets its name from a deformity in your toe which resembles a hammer. Your toe can bend inward at the middle joint, forcing the bone to jut outward. Over time, your tightened muscles become unable to straighten out, and your joint remains in an unnatural position, causing the deformity known as hammertoe. Fortunately, there are ways to both prevent and treat hammertoe.
Your podiatrists at the Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group want to share the facts about hammertoe. They have two convenient office locations in Clintonville and Dublin, OH to help your feet.
Hammertoe typically happens to your second, third or fourth toe and is caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly and crowd your toes, forcing the joint to jut outward. You can also get hammertoe from a muscle or tendon imbalance in your foot. Hammertoe is more common in women because they often wear shoes that are too narrow, forcing the toes into uncomfortable, contorted positions.
You can recognize hammertoe by its unique deformity and by the formation of calluses or corns at the top of your toe’s middle joint. Corns or calluses form because of your toes rubbing against the inside of your shoes. Over time, hammertoe can make it difficult for you to wear shoes.
It’s best to prevent hammertoe by following a few simple steps:
- Wear shoes with enough room for your toes
- Do toe exercises like picking up objects from the floor
- Stretch your toes individually
- Wear cushions, callus or corn pads
- Take anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling
Your podiatrists at the Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group offer several effective remedies for stubborn, severe cases of hammertoe. They may recommend:
- Splinting your toe to realign the joint
- Wearing custom-fit orthotics to ease pain and correct an imbalance
- Injections of corticosteroids to lessen inflammation
- Surgical correction for severe hammertoe cases
Don’t suffer the pain and disabling effects of hammertoe. Get some relief and get back on your feet by calling your podiatrists at the Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group, with offices in Clintonville and Dublin, OH. Call today!
A hammertoe is one of the most common toe conditions, usually stemming from muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe are bent into a contracted, claw-like position. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures, but if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery.
The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle imbalance. Tight-fitting and high-heeled shoes often aggravate the condition, crowding your toes forward. A hammertoe can also be the result of injury in which you break or jam the toe, or from conditions like arthritis or stroke that affect nerves and muscles. In some cases, hammertoes may even be inherited.
Because of their clenched, claw-like appearance, hammertoes will generally be visibly present. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Difficult or painful motion of a toe joint
- Redness or swelling at a toe joint
- Development of calluses and corns
- Open sores in severe cases
The foot and ankle professionals at our office recommend the following for preventing and reducing the symptoms associated with hammertoe:
- Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes that provide support and allow enough room for your toes
- Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes
- Stretch your toe muscles to relieve pressure and pain
- Apply splints, cushions or pads to relieve pressure
- Moisturize with cream to keep the skin soft
Generally, a modification of footwear will reduce the symptoms associated with hammertoe. Other non-surgical treatment includes padding to shield corns and calluses and orthotic devices that are placed in the shoe to help control muscle imbalance. We can help you determine the best treatment for your symptoms. Severe cases that don't respond to conservative measures may require surgery to restore your toe's flexibility and eliminate the pressure.
Hammertoes are progressive - they don't go away by themselves and the condition usually gets worse over time. Once a podiatrist at has evaluated your hammertoe, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs.
If your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.
Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.
Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.
Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:
- Persistent pain
- Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
- Loss of Appetite
- Abnormal behavior
There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.
- Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
- Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
- Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
- Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)
While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.