Posts Tagged "bunions"

Hammertoe Causes & Treatment Options

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Hammertoes |

There are many foot problems that people are afflicted with but one very painful condition is hammertoes. A hammertoe occurs when the middle of the toe points upward strangely. Hammertoes usually in the second toe will develop a callus on the top of the first joint of the toe which is painful. Causes of Hammertoes Hammertoes can be a heredity trait passed down to you from your parents. The second toe can be abnormally long with the tip constantly being pressed into a bent position. Sometimes a tight tendon does not allow the toe to lay flat and a hammertoe will develop. A bunion on the big toe can press the second toe into a bent position. Muscle weakness or arthritis may make the toes to constrict into a hammer position. Shoes that do not fit properly can lead to hammertoes plus other foot problems. Shoes can cause the toe to bend at the joint and put weight on the tip. In time the tendon constricts and the toe tightens into this unusual position. These are some of the causes of hammertoes that when left untreated become very painful. A Largo podiatrist can sometimes prevent hammertoes from becoming inflexible, deformed and painful. When the tendon is still pliable using lamb’s wool padding or special splints to hold the toe in its normal, aligned position will help the hammertoe. Wearing wider shoes will keep the toes from crowding again. When a hammertoe is left untreated the cartilage between the joints wears out and the toe loses its pliability and function. Hammertoes can cause an unusual manner of walking which can cause back, hip and knee problems. If you notice a toe looking abnormal and the joint is bent it is time to seek help from a foot doctor. If a hammertoe is very painful and your shoes no longer fit, surgery may be the only option. At the deformed joint, 1/16th to 1/18th inch of bone is extracted which allows the linked toe bones to lay flat. In the past it took 60 days of healing from hammertoe surgery, but today many Largo podiatric surgeons are trained to perform minimal incision surgery. This surgery can be done in the doctor’s office, and the likelihood of infection is lowered and pain can be managed with aspirin. With minimal incision hammertoe surgery you can walk right away and return to work in a few days providing your work allows sitting most of the time. If you wear roomy, practical shoes hammertoes rarely return. So if you notice your toes looking abnormal and they are painful it’s time to visit a podiatrist. Hammertoes left untreated eventually make it very painful to walk or stand on your feet. With proper treatment it is possible to correct a hammertoe and relieve the discomfort caused by the bent joint. If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Largo, FL area visit our website for information about our doctors and the services we...

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A Look At 4 Modern Day Bunion Treatments

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Bunion Treatment |

Bunions are one of the many things that can go wrong with our feet. They are most often caused by a handful of things. Among them are arthritis and wearing ill-fitting shoes. The good news is that our Largo podiatrists offer patients access to bunion treatments that may provide relief. With that said, here is a rundown on four common bunion treatments: Bunion Treatment #1: Shoe Inserts/Orthotics Custom shoe inserts and orthotic devices are just two bunion treatments that a podiatrist may recommend. In the majority of those instances, the patient attends a scheduled fitting first. Once all of the necessary measurements are taken, the inserts or orthotics are created to those exact specifications. Afterward, the patient returns to the podiatrist’s office for a final fitting. If no further adjustments are needed, the patient is able to leave the office with the shoe inserts or orthotics in hand. Bunion Treatment #2: Taping/Padding In some situations, our podiatrists may recommend that the patient try taping and padding the bunion first. There are several companies in operation today that manufacture products designed for such applications. So the patient may need to try out a few different combinations before finding the right one. Bunion Treatment #3: Exercises and Lifestyle Changes Depending on the condition of the bunion, the podiatrists’ list of suggestions may also include making lifestyle changes. Those lifestyle changes may include taking over-the-counter pain relievers and engaging in foot exercises. Examples of exercises that the podiatrist may order are toe extensors and toe adductors. Bunion Treatment #4: Surgery Lastly, in severe cases, podiatrists may suggest that patients undergo a surgical procedure to have the bunion removed called a bunionectomy. The surgical option, however, may not be best for everyone. It typically involves a lengthy recovery period, and during the recovery period, the patient may need assistance completing routine tasks. For more information about these Largo bunion treatment options and others, please contact our Largo foot & ankle...

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