Dr. Marc Blatstein reviews the Painful Hammertoe

  paint- d-cAccording to Dr Marc Blatstein, hammertoes appear with the toes bent in a clawing fashion. Hammertoes, they may be flexible or ridged, flexible infers that you can manually straighten the toes, while it is not possible to straighten a rigid toe. Because most of us wear enclosed shoe gear, the pressure caused by the shoes gear we wear causes the toes to become paint-corn calluspainful. On top this pressure forms a hard corn, while on the bottom of the foot the toe actually pushes the metatarsal bone down forming a callus. Treatment of hammertoes can be approached many ways. Dr Marc Blatstein starts by recommending a combination of: a functional orthotic prescribed as a shoe insert to help the hammertoes from progressing or getting worse. In the very initial stagesPaint-orthotic tarsal tunnel while the toe is still flexible, they can be tapped into their corrected position, also utilizing a functional orthotic. This conservative treatment also consists of hammertoe and buttress pads all available over the counter, in addition to open toe shoe gear. paint- d-c tapingWith continued pain correction of the deformity while successful, depends on whether they are rigid or flexible. While the hammertoe is still flexible, a simple tendon release following with taping it in the corrected position is usually effective. Then a functional orthotic may be prescribed to help maintain this correction. With a rigid hammertoe, the surgical procedure consists of removing some skin along with a small section of bone. Dr Marc Blatstein told us that in cases of a severe hammertoe deformity a pin may be used to hold the toe in its corrected position for several weeks & then it is removed. In all cases it is very important to follow your surgeons after surgery instructions in order to get best result.

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