Hammertoe Homecare

In Texas, we love our boots – cowboys and cowgirls alike! However, if you don’t have the perfect fit, these pointy-toed Texas trendsetters can cause a whole lot of trouble. When your toes are forced into cramped footwear, muscles and tendons can tighten and the balance between them can become altered. This interferes with the natural structure and mobility of your toe and can result in an abnormal bending – the onset of hammertoes!

Sure, there are other causes, like trauma, arthritis, and an unfortunate inherited gene, but most times, trust us, it’s the shoes.

So, what should you do besides saving your boots for special occasions? Well we’ve rustled up a herd of hammertoe homecare hints to help manage the condition and slow its progression. Yee-haw!

  • Wear comfortable shoes as often as possible, with plenty of wiggle room in the toe box, a low heel, flexible material, and adjustable laces or straps.
  • Use padding, toe caps, and sleeves that protect the toe from irritation.
  • Perform stretches and strengthening exercises, like picking up marbles with your toes or scrunching up a towel on the floor.
  • Slip some orthotics into your shoes -- they can help to displace pressure away from the toes.
  • Try using a night splint to keep your toe in proper position as you sleep.
  • Apply ice and ask about medication to help with pain and swelling.
  • Call in the experts for help!

Treating hammertoes is one of our specialties, so giddy-up and give us a call! You can reach our Houston, TX office by dialing (713) 493-7372. Don’t try to cowboy-up and tough it out. The longer you let hammertoes go without treatment, the more rigid and painful they get until surgery is your only alternative to correct the problem. Don’t let that happen to you!

Categories: Foot Surgery