As foot specialists, we come across many feet conditions that are often preventable – one of those conditions are Hammer Toes! Although some people might say it’s hereditary, we have helped patients improve this common condition with the following tips and exercises.
What is a Hammer Toe?
A hammertoe is a foot condition in which the toe has an abnormal bend in the middle joint. Hammertoes can be a hereditary condition, but ill-fitting shoes can add to the problem. A hammertoe causes the high point of your knuckles to become susceptible to shoe pressure. This will lead to pain, inflammation, and calluses. Over time, the toe will lose flexibility in the joint.
Can You Fix a Hammer Toe?
- Yes! If you are starting to notice that your toe is having a stiff bend to it, starting a treatment as soon as possible might reverse mild damage.
What Does Hammer Toe Treatment Look Like?
- Therapy sessions such as daily stretching and wearing pads prescribed by your foot doctor will help in restoring your toes natural flexibility.
- For severe cases of hammer toes, seeing your local foot specialist might be needed to discuss surgery procedures if any physical therapy does not seem to help.
How Can I Prevent Hammer Toes?
- Avoid shoes that are too tight and pointy.
- By wearing loose-fitting shoes you will also be able to steer away from other painful conditions such as bunions, calluses, and corns.
- Incorporating daily foot and toe stretching routines will also ensure you keep your feet and toes strong and flexible.
Keep your toes flexible with these great and easy stretching exercises!
- Morning Toe Stretch
- Each morning, before you step out of bed, gently stretch your feet with your hands to help flex and extend your toes.
- Toe Crunches With Towel
- Begin by placing a towel on the floor and allow your toes to grab it and release. Repeat this action for 3 sets of 10 on each foot. This exercise is a great way to strengthen your toe muscles.
- Toe Raises
- Begin by placing feet close together. Begin raising both heels while toes remain on the floor. Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 sets of 12. This exercise will allow you to not only strengthen your toe flexibility but also build strong calf muscle!
Remember if you would like to prevent from developing hammer toes, adding daily care exercises can help. If you are noticing that you might already have hammer toes, try any of the tips shared above. For further treatment, visiting your local foot specialist will ensure you begin any therapy to reverse the damage as soon as possible and relieve discomfort.
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