There are many issues that you may face in your life when it comes to your foot health. There are certain issues that may develop as a deformity in your foot, and they can cause severe pain and irritation if they aren’t properly treated. One of the most common types of foot deformity is known as hammertoe. Your podiatrists Dr. Sara Bouraee, Dr. Jon Houseworth, Dr. Sun Byun, Dr. Daria Piotrowksi, and Dr. Shruti Vyas at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, can explain what hammertoes are and how they can be treated so that you aren’t living in constant pain or irritation.
Living with Hammertoes
Hammertoes are a deformity that show up in the second, third, or fourth toes. The toe is bent at the middle joint, which looks somewhat like a hammer. Because the toe bends down pretty severely, it can rub against shoes and can be difficult to straighten properly. This can cause pain and calluses to develop, which can be irritating to deal with, and it could be uncomfortable to go without shoes in public.
It's important to talk to your podiatrist about treatment so that you can feel comfortable. You may need to perform toe exercises so that you can stretch and strengthen the muscles. Wearing pads around the toe can also prevent it from rubbing against shoes. It’s also important that you wear shoes that properly fit and give your toes space to move.
If hammertoes are left untreated by your podiatrist in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, they can become totally inflexible and be painful to deal with. When hammertoes don’t respond to conservative treatments, surgery may be needed to straighten out the toe.
Contact Your Podiatrist Today
Find out how you can stop suffering from hammertoes! Contact your podiatrists Dr. Sara Bouraee, Dr. Jon Houseworth, Dr. Sun Byun, Dr. Daria Piotrowksi, and Dr. Shruti Vyas at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, to learn more about hammertoes and how to treat them. Call for more information today at (757) 220-3311 for the office in Williamsburg, VA, and (757) 224-7605 for the office in Hampton, VA.