Sole Survival … solving your foot problems
Toe deformities, when not treated, can lead to more serious conditions.
One of the first consequences of a toe deformity is a callus or corn formations on pressure sites. If the toe is not treated, then the toes become less mobile and eventually, more serious problems such as skin ulceration and infection may develop.
What are the most common toe deformities?
- Claw toes
- Mallet toes
- Overlapping toes
What Causes Toe Deformities?
There are many reasons why the joints of the toes deform. Babies may be born with toe deformities or in older age, arthritis can slowly destroy the joint surface. A fractured toe that heals in a poor position can also be a problem.
The most common cause of toe deformities in adults is tendon imbalance. This occurs when the natural function of the foot is disrupted through various causes and the tendons try to compensate by stretching or tightening.
No matter what causes a deformity, it is often made worse if you are wearing a bad fitting shoe for a long period of time.
What is the treatment for Toe Deformities?
When conservative treatment fails, many operative procedures can be offered, which do not always achieve a satisfactory result. The best form of treatment is prevention.
In this issue of Spavelous “Now You Are In The Know” we will look at:
- Dry Cracked Heel
- Hammer Toes
- Heel Pain
- Ingrown Toenails
- Perspiration Causes Foot Odor
- Swollen Feet
- Toe Deformities
- Foot Warts