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Dr. Frank Henry- Non Surgical Options

Non-Surgical Methods to Aid Hammertoes

Mar 08, 2023

Although many patients suffering from hammertoes would like to receive immediate surgery to get the process over with, many insurance companies will not even consider covering the costs until non-surgical treatments are attempted first. Invasive methods of non-surgical treatment include cortisone injections, analgesic drugs, or anti-inflammatory drugs to help ease the discomfort and swelling caused by hammertoes. Using custom orthotic inserts can help decrease discomfort as well as wearing a splint if the toe is still capable of being straightened are some non-invasive methods. The splint can also keep the toe from rubbing against the top of the toe with its protective padding. Hammertoes can be prevented with proper fitting footwear and by avoiding high heels.

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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