Treatment Tips for Hammertoes


Hammertoes are more than just a cosmetic concern and can cause pain and discomfort if not properly addressed. The good news is there are ways to treat this condition so everything from your weekend walks to putting on your favorite pair of shoes will be more comfortable and enjoyable. Below, Syracuse Podiatry has outlined the top ways to treat hammertoes and keep your feet healthy.

Wear Proper Footwear

  • Select shoes with a wide toe box to give your toes plenty of space.
  • Avoid high heels and choose shoes with low heels to reduce pressure on the toes.
  • Use cushioned insoles to provide extra support and alleviate pressure.

Foot Exercises

  • Gently pull your toes back into their natural position and hold for a few seconds.
  • Place a towel on the floor, use your toes to grab it, and pull it towards you. Repeat several times.
  • Place marbles on the floor and pick them up with your toes to help improve flexibility and strength.

Use Orthotic Devices

  • Wear toe splints to keep your toes in the correct position and prevent further bending.
  • Use arch supports to distribute weight evenly across your feet and reduce strain on the toes.

Apply Padding

  • Place corn pads on your toes to prevent corns and calluses.
  • Use gel pads to cushion the toes and reduce discomfort from hammertoes.

Choose Physical Therapy

  • Specific exercises in physical therapy help strengthen the muscles in your feet and legs.
  • Stretching routines improve flexibility and reduce tension in the toes.

Implementing these treatment strategies can help you manage hammertoes effectively and maintain healthy, pain-free feet. Don’t let hammertoes hinder your mobility this summer season and beyond. By addressing the issue, you’ll be able to step forward more comfortably without the worries associated with this condition.

For more guidance when it comes to foot health and wellness, look no further than the experts at Syracuse Podiatry! Contact us today so Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and Dr. Nicholas Cronin can help your feet feel their best.

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