Restore Your Toes To Normal Appearance Treating Mallet Toe

A hammer toe is a toe that is curled because of a bend in the middle joint of a toe. It is caused by shoes that don’t fit properly or higher heels that force the foot down and squishes the toes against the shoe increasing the pressure and bends the toe. It is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toe. The toe is bent in the middle so that it resembles a hammer. Pain and a toe that looks odd are the first symptoms of hammer, claw and mallet toes.

A hammertoe is commonly mistaken as any type of toe deformity. The terms claw toe, or mallet toe, although technically different than a hammer toe, are commonly referred as such. The toe may be flexible with movement at the joints, or it may be rigid, especially if it has been present for a long time. With a true hammertoe the deformity exists at the proximal interphalangeal joint only. The true mallet toe has its deformity at the distal interphalangeal joint only and more commonly causes a callous on the tip of the toe as pressure is placed there.

Each time one walks, the feet take a considerable beating. As a result, corns on toes and calluses form to protect the structures underneath the skin. Constant friction and trauma on certain parts of the feet will result to the uneven thickening of the skin with rough surfaces. The thickened skin is sensitive to the touch and can be yellowish or grayish in color. All of us are susceptible to corns and calluses, and they pose no serious health risks. However, treatment is required if they are causing embarrassment, discomfort and if one is diabetic to prevent complications such as infections.mallet toe icd 9 code

You can treat hammer, claw, and mallet toes at home by wearing footwear with lots of room for your toes, using pads and supports in the shoe, and doing toe exercises. Doing these things will give the toe room to straighten, cushion the toe and hold it straight, and make the toe muscles stronger and more flexible. You can use over-the-counter medicine to treat pain. If your pain is too great or you cannot easily do daily activities, then surgery is possible. But there is not much research on surgeries for these toe problems. Talk to your doctor about the types of surgeries and how much they may help you.

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