Posts for: July, 2014
A hammertoe is a contracted second, third, fourth, or fifth toe. They usually start out as mild deformities and progressively get worse over time. The abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing corns or calluses to form. Corns often form on top of the toe where it rubs against the shoe, and calluses may form on the bottom of the toe or the ball of the foot where your weight is transferred to.
Sometimes, hammertoes can be caused by some kind of trauma – like a previously broken toe – or they may be inherited. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they never get better without some sort of intervention. Conservative treatment options include avoiding shoes that crowd the toes, wearing a buttress pad under the contracted toe, and trimming and padding the corns and calluses. Surgery may be needed to relieve the pain if the toe has become rigid. Dr. Mendoza will discuss the options and select a plan tailored to your needs.
Just like the big toe can develop a painful bump on the side of the toe, the little toe can too!
A tailor’s bunion, or bunionette, is an enlargement of the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. They are not as common as bunions, but both are similar in symptoms and causes; they can be red, swollen, and painful at the site of enlargement, and can become painful when wearing shoes that rub against it. They are caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. The bony deformity received its name years ago when tailor sat cross-legged all day with the outside edge of their feet rubbing on the ground.
Simlar to bunions, bunionettes are progressive - they won’t just go away. Sometimes oral anti-inflammatories, icing, and/or a steroid injection may help. Wearing wider shoes may help to reduce rubbing and irritation. In some cases, surgery is needed if other non-surgical options are not relieving the ache. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mendoza to determine the best course of action for you to reduce your tailor’s bunion pain!