Painful Hammertoes and Bunions

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Sep 14, 2011

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Many people suffer un-necessary pain from foot problems such as Hammertoes (where the toe is pulled down, creating what resembles a hammer and is generally caused by hereditary factors), and Bunions. These conditions can be treated effectively by our board certified podiatrists. They are trained in minimal incision surgeries (MIS) as well as conventional, state-of-the-art surgeries.
In most of these cases, pain is caused by the shoe rubbing the sensitive areas on the tops and tips of these toes. Part of this is because those suffering from these conditions are forced to walk on the very tips of the toes, causing painful corns and even thickening and pain in the toenails.
Flexible hammertoes are treated easily and painlessly in the office under a local anesthetic when the tight flexor tendon is stretched until the toe is straight. Most often the patient has only a day or two of down time.
Rigid hammertoes are when the bump sticking up prevents the toe from straightening even shaved down. These generally need more involved surgery on an outpatient basis, using local anesthesia alone, or in combination with sedation. These procedures are designed to give better shoe fitting, more comfortable standing and walking, and the ability to wear the shoes without pain.
Regular check-ups at The Podiatry Center allows for treatment or prevention of many conditions before they become serious.

Editors Note: This article was written by Dr. Howard Immanuel, The Podiatry Center.

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