If you take time to notice your feet and realize that some or one of your toes are bent in a claw-like position, then you may have acquired the hammertoe deformity. Easily recognized, hammertoe can be present in most of the toes in your feet but is actually most progressive and common in the second toe.
Two forms of hammertoe have been identified. They are flexible and rigid. In the case of a flexible hammertoe, the toe itself is not so concretely stiff and therefore retains most of its ability to move, hence the toe is able to straighten up manually and mostly without pain. In the case of a rigid hammertoe, the toe loses much its mobility in the joints and therefore much pain is experienced when one actually attempts to move or flex the affected toe. When this case of rigid hammertoe is prolonged and not treated right away, calluses and corns will most probably arise and increase the complications in the affected area. It is because of the deformity of the toe that more friction and pressure are caused when there is movement, making the toe more susceptible to these kinds of bruises.
Hammertoe Deformity Claw Toe And Mallet Toe
There are many factors that cause the appearance of hammertoe. Improper balance is one of the more common causes of this deformity. When you regularly wear heels or footwear that is too loosely fitted for your size, there occurs a heavier strain on the front part of the feet. This causes a slight discomfort and, if left unchecked, a progression of rigid hammertoe.
Treating hammertoe is as simple as preventing it. Prevention is always better than cure. Always wear shoes that are right for your size. Make sure that the foot and toes have ample space to ‘breathe’ and that they are not squished together when you move or run around. Stretching and flexing your extremities may prove to be good advice for curing and preventing hammertoe. The best treatment is always a well-ventilated and circulated environment for your toes. There are also braces and foot strengtheners that can help in fixing the deformity of hammertoes, and when you have ample means, surgery always works and has proven effective.
Most cases of foot deformity like hammertoes are easily prevented if you always look out for the comfort and wellness of your feet. Disease and complications arise when you begin to neglect taking proper care of your feet.