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Toe Deformity, Hammer Toe, Meadville PA
May 27, 2014Posted by on
It’s always exciting to launch a new line,” said Matt Molloy, President of Rife Putters. “To see all the research and hard work come together like this is very rewarding. This year we have something new for the consumer. We priced the 460 Mid Blade and the 400 Mid Mallet at a very reasonable £79.99 to introduce RIFE’s technology to as broad an audience as possible.” Additionally, hammertoes are often pointed towards each other, which cause the toes themselves to rub against the other toes. This can also cause corns and calluses to form, as well as abrasions in between the toes.
The term hammer toe came from the way the toe hits or hammers on the floor with each step. Hammer toes are generally caused by a tendon imbalance in your toes and tight muscles in your feet. The discomfort from this and cramping in your toes can radiate to your entire foot and lower leg, and this might lead to posture and balance changes (affecting the way you walk). Often people will develop hammer toe from leaning too far forward causing the toes to grip the ground to keep them upright. The toe first affected will generally be your longest toe and will only affect your middle three toes.
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Shoes with narrow toes push the smaller toes into a flexed (bent) position. The toes rub against the shoe, leading to the formation of corns and calluses, which further aggravate the condition. High heeled shoes force the toes against the shoe, increasing the pressure and the bend in the toe. Eventually, the toe muscles are unable to straighten the toe, even when there is no confining shoe. Symptoms In either condition, the end of the toe points down towards the floor. Blisters and eventually calluses may form on the end of the toe , as a result of the awkward position.
podiatrist Dr. Jeff Bowman as he brings relief to patients with mallet toe on a regular basis. Depending on the severity of your deformity, there are many treatment options to relieve your pain. Accommodative shoes, orthotics gel toecaps and gel shields often provide the comfort patients need. If these do not work, a simple surgery is an option to release tendons in the toe to allow it to lie flat. Don’t let a toe problem keep you from enjoying your favorite activities or shoes. Contact our office for the care and treatment your feet deserve. Make an appointment with Houston Foot Specialists today by calling (713) 467-8886.
For those of you who didn’t like the German Stainless Steel (GSS) insert on the Studio Style line, it is now a thing of the past. The Studio Select putters are milled from a block of 303 stainless steel and provide a slightly different feel and sound compared to the GSS insert of the Studio Style. I actually grew to like the insert of the Studio Style so this was a little bit of change for me. More on that later. All models in the Studio Select line are available right-handed. For the lefties out there, the Newport 2 model is available in all three lengths as well.
Conservative treatment starts with new shoes that have soft and roomy toe boxes (the front of the shoe). Shoes should be one-half inch longer than your longest toe and should have a deep toe box that makes room for the hammer toe. Sandals may help, as long as they do not pinch or rub other areas of the foot. Exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles are often helpful. In people with hammer toes, the upper joint is not affected. The deformity occurs in the second third or fourth toe at the point of the proximal interphalangeal joint. That’s the one closes to the main part of the foot.
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