Can I prevent hammertoe?
In order to prevent hammertoe there are a number of things that need to change. With this condition, the middle joint of your toes bends up like a hammer. This can be caused by genetics, injury, or a disease such as arthritis. The deformity is difficult to prevent, but properly caring for a foot that is predisposed to develop a bent toe could help head it off. Footwear is one of the things that exacerbates the problem. Tight fitting shoes with narrow toe boxes, for instance high heels or boots, will make the problem worse. Choose shoes with a wider toe box instead. You can also use pads to keep the toes flat, which will also help with pain if a hammertoe is already forming.
Hammertoes can be treated in most cases, but the sooner you get help the more likely you will avoid a rigid painful toe. Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell to schedule an appointment at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
How can I get rid of my calluses caused by hammertoe?
Calluses are a buildup of dead skin on the bottom of the feet, typically around the heels or the ball of your foot. To treat calluses you must first know the reason they appear. A deformity like a hammertoe can cause a callus to form, because the bent joint rubs against your shoes. All that is needed for dead skin to build up is friction and pressure. You should begin by changing your shoes so that your toes have enough room. Then soak your feet in warm water and use a pumice stone to gently remove the dead skin. This may take several treatments. If you are diabetic, don’t do this on your own—get help from a podiatrist.
Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell to schedule an appointment at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We can help treat your calluses, hammertoe, and any other podiatric condition you may have.