Hammertoes cause deformities to the toes by making them bend down and stay in that position if not treated appropriately. It generally occurs because of tight-fitting shoes that are snug and restrictive, or because of arthritis. Those with Parkinson’s disease, however, can have a difficult time due to muscle spasms that happen to their feet on a frequent basis. These spasms may cause toes to coil or to hit the inside of shoes, forcing the toes to fit into an unnatural position and leading to hammertoes. Parkinson’s patients have a rough time already dealing with the symptoms of their condition, and hammertoes are unfortunately a side effect if proper precautions are not taken.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Toe splints may be utilized to prevent toes from curling. Moreover, your podiatrist can make a custom sleeve for your toe to prevent it from bending.
- Using appropriate footwear to prevent pressure from pushing the toes and causing deformities to them. Shoes with rubber bottoms may be recommended to encourage proper walking techniques.
- Physical therapy can be of great help since it can help to stretch the toe muscles to counteract rigidity and improve circulation.
- Moreover, surgery may be required to repair deformed bones and to manually straighten the bent toe when conservative methods are ineffective.
There are treatment options for those with hammertoes, especially Parkinson’s patients who must take extra care of their feet and choose the correct footwear. Contact us today at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI, where our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can help prevent hammertoes from beating your toes into a bent position. Please call our offices at any of the numbers provided above and check out our Patient Education library for other important information.