Hammertoe Causes Could Include Your Pretty Shoes

High Heels is a Common Cause of Hammertoe Pain.When you get dressed up for an evening out, are your hammertoes making it hard to wear a nice pair of shoes? There are some common hammertoe causes, and your choice of shoes may be part of the problem. The Classic Cars Under the Stars event at the Desert Willow Golf Course in Palm Desert, CA is coming up April 19, 2014. Classic cars, live music and a delicious dinner—what a great way to spend an evening! Standing all night with painful hammertoes would be unfortunate, so let’s take a look at how shoes can affect this problem and what you can do.

Hammertoe is an abnormal bending of the second, third, fourth or fifth toes. The toe bends up at the joint closest to the foot and then down at the end joint. A muscle or tendon imbalance in the foot is the most common reason for the development of hammertoes. When the muscles that control the joints fail to work, they can’t hold the toe straight. Pressure over time causes the toes to bend into the curled position. Shoes also play a large role, as certain styles can greatly aggravate a hammertoe problem. If they are too tight and squeeze the toes (such as high heels), they force your toes to be crunched into a bent position. When there isn’t enough space in the toe box for your toes to lie flat, a hammertoe can worsen, because it is held in a cramped position for long periods of time.

One of the reasons we bring attention to hammertoes is because—while they start out flexible—they tend to worsen over time. Without treatment your toes could become fixed in place and painful. Don’t wait for that to happen—contact Harvey R. Danciger for an evaluation and a tailored treatment plan to care for your hammertoe problem. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 or request an appointment online.  

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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