Painful hammertoe


       
 When the middle joint in the toe is contracted, it results in a hammer toe.  Tightened tendons and ligaments cause the toe's joints to curl downwards.  The top of the toe becomes irritated due to rubbing against shoes.  The big toe is the only one that remains safe from this potential malady.  Some hammer toes can be straightened out manually; some cannot move.  Stress can be transferred to the ball of the foot, encouraging the development of corns and calluses.  Hammer toes originate from a muscle imbalance or as a result of arthritis.  There are devices to hold down the hammer toe, and gel caps and shields that eliminate friction.  Your foot doctor can recommend an appropriate course of action.
            If you have any questions about insurance coverage for foot problems, please don't put off calling us.  We don't want you to ignore foot concerns in the hopes that they will go away so that you won't have to face the prospect of costly medical bills.  Actually, taking care of problems when they are small can prevent many of the big ones from even occurring at all, thereby cutting down on costs for everyone.  For complete family foot care, please call us at 508-757-4003.  We're conveniently located at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester.

HINT:  When choosing footwear, be sure that the toe area is high and broad enough to accommodate the hammer toes.