What To Do About Hammer Toes
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A hammer toe is a deformity of one or more of the smaller toes. Hammertoes are a common deformity and occurs when the second, third, and/or the fourth toe bends at its center joint causing the tip of the toe to face downward and the middle toe facing upward sort of like a hammer.
When the hammer toe is first noticed it can be treated and put back in place. However, if it is left untreated it can become permanent and this can be painful. The hammer toe can also develop corns and calluses, and this makes it impossible to find comfortable shoes. If the toe becomes rigid it may need surgery. People with hammertoes find it difficult to walk.
Causes of Hammer Toes
In order for your toes to enjoy comfort while confined in shoes, there should be at least one half an inch between the longest toe and the very tip of the shoe. If you have a pair of shoes that do not fit this size description, and you do not want to toss them, then take them to a shop that repairs shoes and have the shoes stretched. Stretching them to fit properly will help the hammertoe.
If you already have hammertoes then you should not procrastinate. If you wait too long, the toes may become completely immobile as the joints become less flexible and the tissue begins to become tight. When this happens you have little alternative but to have surgery.
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