Are you embarrassed about wearing flip-flops or open toe shoes because of your bunions or hammertoes? Many people suffer from this common foot problem, and keep their feet hidden away in uncomfortable shoes. Don’t hide your feet in shame. There is treatment available to improve the appearance of your bunions and hammertoes and also relieve your pain.
Stop suffering with bunions or hammertoes, because effective treatments are available to help you experience relief.
Risk Factors for Bunions and Hammertoes
It is possible for hammertoes to be present at birth, but these foot problems often develop as a person ages. Here are a few factors that might cause you to develop hammertoe and/or bunions:
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Toe injury
- Joint dislocation
- Tight tendons or ligaments in the foot
- A high arch in the foot
- Nerve damage
- Family history
Sometimes, a bunion might cause a hammertoe to get worse. For example, if you have a bunion that is pointing the big toe inward, then it might be putting pressure on second toe causing additional deformities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are my toes deformed?
A hammertoe is a medical condition that causes the toe to curl downward or bend in an unusual way, instead of pointing forward. Typically, people experience hammertoes on their second or third toe on the foot, but it is possible for this foot problem to impact any toe on your foot.
A bunion is a bump that forms on your big toe, located on the joint at the base of the toe. This big bump forms and your toe pushes against the next toe, and eventually the joint of the big toe gets bigger and bigger. Some people experience sore, red skin over the bunion.
What are the symptoms of bunions and hammertoes?
If you have toes that are bent in unusual directions, then it is possible that you might be suffering from these foot problems. Common symptoms include discomfort when walking, pain when moving the affected toe, calluses or corns, or a toe that is twisted or bent downward. It is always best to consult with a podiatrist if any of these symptoms are present.
How do I get rid of it?
The bunions and hammertoes foot care treatment depends on the severity of the problem and the types of symptoms that you are experiencing. It is important that you consult with a medical professional who can help you identify the exact diagnosis and the cause of symptoms. The good news is that many people have success with treatment when the foot problems are caught early, so make sure to talk with a doctor if you suspect that you are experiencing bunions or hammertoes.
Will my foot pain go away on its own?
It’s possible that your foot pain might go away on its own, but it’s not likely… especially if you continue wearing ill-fitting shoes or participate in activities that put pressure on the injured toes. Unfortunately, most of our patients think that the pain will just go away. The problem is that symptoms will continue progressing if they are left untreated. When you experience pain or discomfort, it is a warning signal from the body to indicate that there is a problem. It’s not a good idea to wait for the pain to go away. The quicker you get in to see a qualified podiatrist, the faster you can be on your road to recovery.
What should I do now?
The first step to eliminating your pain is finding out what is causing it. Call 610-438-8899 right now, and schedule your Free Screen. You will get a free 30 minute appointment with one of our podiatrists so that you can get all your questions answered.