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If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
The toe condition known as the bunion (or bunionette as it is named when it appears on the pinky toe) begins as a small bony bump on the side or top of your big toe joint (or on the pinky toe for bunionettes). Bunions are usually not that painful in the initial stages which is why so many people ignore them until the pain and discomfort start to become more annoying.
Bunions tend to increase in size and severity rather slowly, but as a bunion grows and worsens, it can cause a wide variety of other toe and skin conditions which is a good reason to have them treated early.
Some of the conditions that can be exacerbated by bunions include the following:
- Blisters, redness, and swelling—Due to all the rubbing of the big toe against the inside of your footwear, severe irritation and blistering often occur.
- Toe deformities—People who have bunions increase the chances of developing a hammertoe on the second or third toe. Mallet and claw toes are also more common.
- Corns and calluses—Corns can form on or next to the bunion. Painful, oozing corns can also develop on the top of hammertoes.
- Ingrown toenails—As the big toe pushes against your footwear and other toes, it can cause the toenail to cut into the tender skin at the edge of the nail.
- Fungal toenails—A fungal toenail infection is also more likely to occur.
The earlier you get help with bunions from your foot doctor, the less problematic your bunions will eventually become. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Corns and calluses are caused by your skin’s reaction to friction and pressure. This is often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. Athletes and runners are more likely to develop corns and calluses due to the increased pressure and stress from repetitive movements. Anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet is more likely to develop problems with reactive skin conditions like corns and calluses.
The difference between calluses and corns:
Calluses—These are thicker and larger than corns, and tend to appear on the heel or ball of the foot where the majority of the pressure is felt from walking and exercising.
Corns—These are most likely to develop when your toes rub together or where pressure from poorly fitting shoes causes rubbing. A corn will frequently develop on the top of a hammertoe that pushes the toe against your footwear.
2 of the conservative treatments for corns and calluses include:
- Pads and orthotic inserts—Special pads can be placed over a corn to isolate it and help prevent rubbing on the inside of your shoes. Custom orthotic inserts can help redistribute weight and pressure away from painful corns and calluses.
- Warm soaks and skin removal—Use warm, soapy water and soak your feet to help soften skin. You can then use a file or emery board to gently rub away the dead skin. Carefully dry your feet and apply moisturizing cream to speed the smoothing process.
For thick and brittle calluses, heel fissures, and corns that become inflamed or infected, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing complications with difficult corns and calluses, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Toe deformities can be attributed to an imbalance in the toe muscles and tendons, tight-fitting shoes, injury, or certain diseases that increase the likelihood that a toe will bend in the shape of a hammer or a mallet. A hammertoe bends at the middle joint, while a mallet toe (or claw toe) bends at the joint nearest to the toenail, so perhaps there are only truly two if you don’t count the claw.
Initially, a bent toe may not be cause for alarm, but as the condition moves along, the tendons and ligaments and tissues of the toe can tighten further, thereby preventing any bending at all and causing considerable pain and discomfort. As this condition becomes more permanently bent, it will also cause the affected toes to rub on your footwear, causing the formation of corns and calluses.
Risk factors for developing toe deformities
Some individuals are more prone to developing these abnormalities. Some of the factors to be aware of are:
- Sex—Females are considered to be more susceptible to developing these conditions.
- Your age—People fifty years of age or older are more likely to develop hammertoes along with bunions.
- The length of your toes—In certain people, when the second toe is longer than the largest toe, it may increase the chances of getting a toe deformity.
- Diseases—People who suffer from diabetes and arthritis are also more susceptible.
When hammertoes cause you pain and discomfort, the pressure and pain can often be alleviated with specially designed orthotic shoe inserts and pads.
If you are suffering complications with hammertoes, making an appointment with an experienced board-certified podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment is essential, so be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
A hammertoe is a condition that usually affects the second and third toes causing the toe to bend abnormally at the joint in the shape of a hammer. This problem often affects people who have muscle imbalances in their feet. These imbalances can cause varying tensions on ligaments and tendons causing them to perform and grow abnormally. Wearing restrictive shoes such as pumps can exacerbate these tendencies, and increase the chances of forming corns and calluses on the hammertoe.
Hammertoes should be treated in the early stages when the toes are still flexible enough to be stretched into a straight position.
Some early treatments for hammertoes include:
- Strengthening and stretching exercises—The muscles that extend and contract the toes can be made stronger by picking up marbles or other small objects with your toes. Also try standing on a small towel and scrunching your toes up and back. Repeat ten times. Stretching out the toe manually can also help straighten the toe.
- Wear roomy shoes—It’s very important that your toes have enough room to stretch out. Use properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box, and avoid shoes that restrict your toe movement.
- Padding—Corns may need to be isolated with special pads to prevent friction against the top of your footwear.
If a hammertoe goes untreated for a long time, it may become very rigid and lose any flexibility. Sometimes this can cause severe pain and difficulty with walking, in which case surgery may be necessary. Different types of surgery are used depending upon the condition and rigidity of your hammertoe.
If you are experiencing problems with hammertoes, schedule an appointment with Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!