Hammer toe is thought to develop (this is only 1 way it can form and not the sole reason. Footwear is actually the leading cause of this type of toe deformity so much so that people sometimes require hammer toe surgery to undo some of the damage. The ankle is a delicate part of the body.
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Basically, the deformed toe gets curled, because of a bend that occurs in the middle joint of the same toe. Usually, certain changes in the footwear is good enough to relieve the painful symptoms of the affected toe. However, if this is not helping, then a surgery might be a proposed idea by a surgeon. The most common side effects that may show up post a hammertoe surgery include pain and swelling of the operated site. Then comes a complication that may keep the toe from sitting completely on the ground. Diabetes and alcoholism are primary diseases that contribute to nerve damage in the feet.
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When a bunion worsens, it may cause associated problems in the so-called lesser toes, such as hammer toes, claw toes and crossover toes, said Dr Tan. More than 50 per cent of the time, people with lesser toe deformities have an underlying reason – that is, bunions,” said Dr Tan. One such deformity is the hammer toe, so-called because the abnormal bend at the middle joint makes it look like one. There is also the crossover toe, which, as the name suggests, occurs when one toe crosses over another. This is a toe that is bent upward from the joint at the ball of the foot and downward at the middle joint towards the sole, such that it resembles a claw. Before claw toes develop, most patients have pain under the ball of the foot.
You may need to wear a surgical shoe with an open toe for several weeks following your operation. You may need to use crutches to help you avoid putting weight on your toes. This deformity occurs when the joint of the little toe becomes permanently contracted.
Sometimes a change in activity, shoes, or weight gain can make a bunion or hammertoe seem suddenly very painful. Orthotics, custom orthopedic foot supports, can help with mild hammer toes and bunions. Orthotics may slow down or perhaps prevent the progression of bunions and hammer toes.