Select Correct Shoes for Your Hammertoe
Edited by Mian Sheilette Ong, Lynn, Eng, Alma and 1 other
Every day, your feet experience all sorts of stress. Your trusty pair of shoes supports your weight, helps give you balance, and takes you wherever you want to go. However, all that stress does take a toll on your foot health. In time, you may develop conditions that affect the appearance and the function of your feet. Foot ailments such as hammertoe (also known as Hallux valgus) cause a lot of pain and discomfort. They can be debilitating if they are not addressed at the soonest. Remember that your feet play an important role in the way you carry yourself and in the confidence that you want to project. Wearing the right type of shoes to help you manage your hammertoe does a lot to bring back that certain air of esteem in your stride. Gone are the days when you only shopped for shoes just because they looked good on you. Now, you have to select correct shoes to make you stand out and help your hammertoe at the same time.
Do You Have Hammertoe?
Hammertoe is a foot condition in which the big toe deviates to about 15-20 degrees. It may even come to a point where the big toe may overlap the second one. The overlap or lateral subluxation results in the formation of a bunion. If you have this ailment, your toes slowly twist up to a point that they look like the claw of a bird. Genetics can play a crucial role in the development of hammertoes. However, it can also be brought about by any neurological trauma, prolonged wearing of tight shoes, or toe injury. You can have a hammertoe and a bunion at one time. That bump of bone on the outer margin of the big toe forces the big toe toward the inner margin. When this happens, the second toe and the other toes become bent out of shape. If you look at them closely, they do resemble little hammers hence the term "hammertoe". Also, notice that your toes bend because of your flattened or pronated arches. People with hammertoes usually have corns on those toes because the bony protrusions of those toes rub against other toes or the inner lining of the shoe.
You'll know if you're suffering from a hammertoe if you have the following symptoms:
- 1Your toe is curling.Advertisement
- 2Discomfort or pain in the ball of your foot and in your toes.There can also be pain in the anterior or front part of your leg especially when you stretch your toes forward.Advertisement
- 3Formation of thick calluses or corns around the toe.
- 4You find it a greater challenge to find shoes that fit you.
How to Make the Right Shoe Choice for Hammertoes
If you take the time to choose the right type of shoes for your hammertoe, you will find yourself relieved of the daily foot pain. Below are some pointers that you should follow in making the right shoe choice for your foot condition:
- 6Do not wear shoes that hurt.You are already suffering from grave foot discomfort from your condition. Wearing uncomfortable shoes is not the way to go.
- 8Search for shoes that have adjustable laces or straps.The laces or straps help your toes relax because they won't have to curl up just to keep your shoes intact.
- 9Do not choose slip-ons.These shoes force your toes to curl up to hold it in place. When your toes do this, the condition will be aggravated. Staying away from these shoes also prevents corns and calluses.
- 11Do not choose shoes with ridges or seams in the toe box.These will make your toes painful and irritated as you wear the shoes more often.
- 12Opt for shoes that have a removable insert feature.Once you remove the inserts, your toes will have enough room and your hammertoe will not suffer more.
Other Hammertoe Treatments
- 1Wearing splints for the hammertoe.This can help stretch and straighten the affected tendons of the toe.
- 2Undergoing surgery.This is only done if the hammertoe has been neglected enough to be bent or stiff on a permanent basis.Advertisement
Your feet are precious and should be well cared for. Exert effort must be made in finding the right shoes so that you can enjoy your day in every step you make.
- Take a break from closed shoes and wear sandals that allow your toes to be free. This type of footwear can relieve your toes of the pressure that only closed shoes can give.
- Consult a podiatrist if the correct shoes don't work for you anymore. You may have to consider surgery wherein a small bone or a short tendon from your toe may be removed.
- Be aware that hammertoe does not show any painful symptoms during its early development.
- If you notice that pain is starting to form in your feet, start wearing comfortable shoes.
- Flatten your shoes on a regular basis.
- Stretch your toes while soaking your feet in warm water.
- Do simple toe workouts like picking up something with your toes or by grabbing a rug. Doing so will help you flex your toes more often.
- Shop for shoes by the end of the day and not in the morning. This is the time when the feet are expanded enough. Feet constrict during the morning. If you shop for shoes early in the day, you will end up with smaller shoes that will only make your uncomfortable if you wear them all day.
Questions and Answers
I am trying to find out if there is a sleeping shoe that will stretch the skin on top of the foot?
My husband has bad hammer toes, problem, he has diabetes. He has a callous that causes a soar. Is there a shoe we can get to stretch the skin on top of his foot, he had the tendon released it only helped a little, his other foot the tendon release worked (no callous). Doc. said skin on top of foot is tight. I am desperate to find a solution.. I have tried: Rubbing top of foot and had tendon release on one toe.. I think it was caused by: Hereditary
VisiHow QnA. This section is not written yet. Want to join in? Click EDIT to write this answer.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
Categories : Health & Wellness
Recent edits by: Alma, Eng, Lynn