A bent toe , called Hammer Toe Deformity, is an eye sore. The sooner it is corrected the better. Genetics is the most important factor causing this disorder. Other factors are side effects of other ailments like arthritis. Another man made factor which is self made is wearing ill fitting shoes. Arthritis cannot be prevented. Genetics is inherited. I have had a hammer toe for as long as I can remember, but have no idea why it occurred and it causes me no symptoms. It can cause pain for some people though. Claw toe can also cause pain. These are two different conditions because they affect different toe joints. Hammertoes are progressive – they don’t go away by themselves and usually they will get worse over time. However, not all cases are alike – some hammertoes progress more rapidly than others. Once your foot and ankle surgeon has evaluated your hammertoes, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs. Padding corns and calluses. Your foot and ankle surgeon can provide or prescribe pads designed to shield corns from irritation. If you want to try over-the-counter pads, avoid the medicated types. Medicated pads are generally not recommended because they may contain a small amount of acid that can be harmful. Consult your surgeon about this option. These are just some of the tips for you to get rid of your unpleasantly looking hammer toes. After following them, in no time, you can already have the perfectly shaped toes that you have been wanting for so long. Most of the time, you're going to find that you may have to consult with a Doctor to get it surgically removed. If this is the case, you may find that you will want to talk with your insurance company to ensure that they will cover it. By doing so, you will find that there are many alternatives. Parekh says it’s a good idea to seek medical attention if you have toe pain with or without shoes. Or, if shoes you used to find comfortable are no longer comfortable, see a foot expert or an orthopaedic surgeon who can discuss your options with you. I’ve had patients who have 200 or 300 pairs of shoes and are very emphatic and serious when they say there is no way they’re getting rid of their shoes,” he says. “And that’s okay. We can work with them, with everyone understanding that we will eventually have to do surgery.” As mentioned earlier, post surgery recovery will involve bearing pain and swelling. To deal with the foot problem, it has to be kept elevated, so that the swelling goes down. But the swelling would not completely go down, but it will reduce as a result of elevation. In a bunion surgery too, you would need to do that. In the case of a mallet toe or claw toe, the Post procedure may be performed with or without the tendon lengthening. Typical healing time for hammer toe repair can vary from several days to several weeks depending upon the nature of the procedure and your overall health status. Minor injuries or small sores may progress into non-healing ulcers. Gangrene (blackening of that part) can occur if the wound gets infected and has poor blood supply. In this case, amputation of that part of the leg is necessary. (*** It is highly recommended to Immediately contact your doctor if a sore or other foot problem doesn’t heal in 1 day) Corns & Calluses – Skin can become hard in these places. This can result from wearing ill-fitting shoes or intense pressure due to other reasons. The dry and hard skin can crack allowing germs to enter (inside) leading to infections and ulcers. If you are tired of constant stiffness and/or pain, you should see a certified podiatrist today or at least talk to a knowledgeable pharmacist. They will evaluate all of your ailments and help decide on the right type of Orthotic for you. They can also provide further advice on foot care and other treatment methods that are complementary to the use of Orthotics. Almost everybody's foot function can be improved through the use of these miracle devices as perfect feet, like perfect people, are a very rare find. Spinal cord or peripheral nerve damage may cause all of your toes to curl downward. Risk Factors for a Hammertoe The other way that you can help ease the effects of top of foot pain is by wearing foot wraps. These have been designed to provide relief to the top of foot pain. This foot wrap will allow you to move about without feeling a great amount of pain. By wearing a foot wrap you are not restricted to one place , and your pain is light. Once the big toe is affected badly, the second toe lying next to the big toe tends to develop a hammer the due to pressure. This actually spreads the pain all across the feet and causes a painful condition. Recently a friend started complaining about this new pain under the ball of his foot. He’s pretty sure it started after a fun-filled night out bowling. (Who knew bowling was so strenuous to cause foot pain!) But when you move and bend the toe and ankle joints in new or extreme directions into a range of motion beyond what they are used to moving in, the increased stretch or pressure can change for better or worse. And in his case at the moment, the extra stress on the toes from bowling has my friends feet feeling worse! Often times when patients have a flexible hammertoe, they will develop a sore on the top or end of their toe. When your toe is contracted at the joint just behind the nail plate (as depicted in the picture below), a sore can develop on the tip of the toe. This is especially true in the diabetic population. This problem can be corrected by a simple in office procedure called a flexor tenotomy. For more information about this procedure, please contact our physicians at 314-434-7430 or an appointment can be made online by clicking on this link Woodlake Podiatry is located conveniently in Chesterfield, MO ( St. Louis County ).