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By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
May 21, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoe  

Hammer toe painYour second toe is bent at the middle joint so much that it rubs against the inside of your shoe. You have a callus, and frankly, your foot hurts with the simple activities of daily living. Should you seek treatment for what likely is a hammertoe? The answer is yes. Your Ventura and Oxnard, CA, podiatrist, Dr. Steven Vines, expertly treats hammertoes, a common podiatric deformity which affects thousands of Americans just like you. Learn the details here.

What is a hammertoe?

Medically termed Hallux abductovalgus, a hammertoe is a deformed middle joint on the second or even third toe of either foot. Often resulting from pressure from a bunion, or bony bump, at the base of the big toe, a hammertoe actually resembles a hammer or mallet. Muscular imbalance accompanies and drives the problem, says the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and typical symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Immobility of the joint
  • Corns
  • Calluses

People who wear tight shoes and high heels (women are at risk) develop bunions as do individuals with arthritis or diabetes. Advancing age and hereditary play roles, and individuals with second toes which are longer than their big toes easily develop hammertoes, too.

How Dr. Vines can help

Dr. Vines will inspect your foot and confirm the diagnosis of hammertoe with digital X-ray imaging in his Ventura and Oxnard office. Then, he'll formulate a treatment plan based on your physical health, lifestyle, and level of discomfort. While surgery is an option for correction of hammertoe, most people respond well to conservative measures such as:

  • Relief of pain with over-the-counter ibuprofen or in-office cortisone injections
  • Shoe padding
  • Removal of corns and calluses
  • Stretching exercises
  • Change of footwear to something with a wider toe box and lower heel
  • Customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, to correct gait and relieve pressure

Find relief for hammertoes

You can with treatment from Dr. Vines. This deformity will become progressively worse if ignored. So, if you're in pain and see something happening to the shape and size of your toe, call our office right away for a consultation. We have two offices for your convenience. In Oxnard, call (805) 485-3151, or for the Ventura location, phone (805) 648-3222.

By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
August 11, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: hammertoe  

Foot pain can prove to be irritating, frustrating, and affect the most simple of everyday tasks like standing and walking. Hammertoe can hammertoebe painful or even cause other annoying and painful conditions. However, hammertoe is treatable with help from your Oxnard, CA podiatrist. Learn more about hammertoe and its treatment with Dr. Steven M. Vines.

What is a hammertoe? 
A hammertoe is a deformity which usually occurs in the second, third, or fourth toes. The condition gets its name from the way the foot deforms. The toe becomes curled at the joint connecting its top half to its bottom half, eventually resembling a hammer. Hammertoes often occur due to wearing ill-fitting, narrow, or high-heeled shoes over a long period of time. Genetics and problems with the muscles in the toe and foot can also cause hammertoes.

How do I know I have a hammertoe? 
If you notice an abnormal bend in one of your toes, you could have a hammertoe. Usually, the toe points downward, resembling the claw side of a hammer. Corns and calluses may develop around the hammertoe, a result of the toe rubbing against the other toes or shoes. Older individuals and women are more at-risk for hammertoe development than others. Arthritis and diabetes may also increase the risk of developing a hammertoe. Finally, toes which are longer than normal, or those with a longer second toe than a big toe, may pose more of a risk for hammertoe.

Hammertoe Treatment in Oxnard, CA
After a physical examination and, if necessary, x-rays to determine there are no other underlying causes contributing to your hammertoe, you doctor will recommend the best treatment for you. Often, the first treatment offered is to simply change to roomier, more comfortable shoes with a larger toe box. Custom orthotics or padding placed inside of the shoes may also help negate the effects of hammertoes. Physical therapy can help strengthen the toe to restore its range of motion. In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to straighten and realign the toe.

For more information on hammertoe, please contact Dr. Steven M. Vines in Oxnard, CA. Call 805-485-3151 to schedule your foot examination with Dr. Vines today!



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