Are you embarrassed by the looks of your feet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are many who suffer from various foot deformities, especially related to the toes. While some people only have discomfort in the way their feet look, others suffer from pain as well. Read on to see what toe deformities you might have, as well as if you should come in for treatment.
Hammertoes, Mallet Toes, and Claw Toes – These toes are mostly affected by a muscle imbalance in the toes, arthritis, and/or poorly-fitting shoes. The toes are more severely bent at the middle joints, causing them to look like hammers, mallets, or claws. Because of the shape that the toes are in, you are more likely to experience corns, calluses, or blisters on the toes from frictions against shoes.
Treatment for these types of deformities usually includes toe exercises and stretches and wearing shoes with larger toe boxes. For areas with high friction, corn pads can help reduce pain. However, some deformities, especially when left untreated, can cause stiffness in the toes. If this causes pain or problems, surgery may be required to relieve symptoms.
Curly Toes – Mostly found in children from birth, they usually do not cause painful symptoms. However, if the curly toes do not resolve as the children grow up, it can cause painful side effects like toenail deformities, calluses, and blisters. Shoes may also be difficult to fit into. For some, splinting the toes can help straighten the curly toes, especially if there is overlapping of other toes involved. If they do not resolve and cause painful symptoms, surgery might be required.
Big Toe Deformities – These deformity issues are mostly congenital (from birth) or caused by an overuse injury.
● Bunions – When there is excessive and abnormal pressure on the big toe joint, the result can be a development of a bony spur from the big toe joint to protect it. This can cause pain on the side of the foot, as well as deformity issues, making it hard to fit into typical shoes. Some exercises can prevent worsening bunions, and if it becomes a big problem, surgery might be required.
● Hallux Limitus and Hallux Rigidus - overuse and/or injury can cause reduced range of motion or stiffness in the big toe joint. There can be pain and even, complete immobility of the big toe. Custom orthotics can help prevent worsening symptoms, but severe instances will require surgery for pain relief.
If you are suffering from toe deformities, make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group to find relief. Our team of dedicated podiatrists can help find the best solution for you at our Jonesboro, AR office.