Because of myths related to hammertoes and podiatry as a whole, patients can become injured to the point of surgery and even amputation. Continue reading to learn about common hammertoe myths that, if believed, could see your feet become very unhealthy.
Myth #1: Hammertoes always require surgery.
Though surgery is a common treatment option for hammertoes, it is not always the first suggestion your podiatrist will make. If the condition is caught early enough, then your podiatrist may suggest wearing specially-made shoes or shoes that fit larger on your feet. He may also suggest toe stretches and exercises that will work the muscles of the toes and relieve some of the pain. If these methods do not work, or the condition has progressed too far, podiatric surgery may be the best course of action.
Myth #2: Corns are unconnected to hammertoes.
Corns are typically a result of developing a hammertoe. A corn is a collection of skin that develops on the knuckle or tip of a toe. The toe has usually been rubbing the inside of a shoe because of various reasons that may lead to a hammertoe. Many patients may resort to over-the-counter corn pads to remove the corn, or they may even cut it off themselves. This is considered very dangerous and can lead to infection or amputation of the toe. Consult with your podiatrist before administering any medication at home.
Myth #3: Hammertoes are only caused by arthritis.
There are many misunderstandings and inconsistencies about how hammertoes develop. There are four common ways that may affect the development of a hammertoe, including arthritis. The most common hammertoe cause comes from wearing tight or high-heeled shoes regularly. As the toes crowd, the middle toes receive the most amount of pressure and begin to curl downward, causing a hammertoe. Other causes may be hereditary or bunions that cause pressure on the toes.
Don’t hurt your feet because of common myths. Visit Family Foot Center to have your hammertoes in Whitestone and any other podiatry problem checked out. We are available online or at (718) 767-5555.