Tony Packman’s job causes him to curl his toes a lot as a result of leaning down often. Unfortunately, when one toe stopped curling it was the start of a painful hammertoe case Packman endured for years.
Eventually the toe curled so much it didn’t touch the ground. Packman’s physician talked him into having surgery to correct it, recommending a technique where a wire attached to the joint would be placed to straighten everything out. However, Packman’s surgeon suggested a different method that involved implanting a plastic plug in the bones, adjusting the toe without the messy complications of the wires. Packman had the plug put in, and now his hammertoe is completely healed.
Hammertoes are extremely painful and can require surgery to correct. If you think you are suffering from a hammertoe, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry who can evaluate your needs and help determine the next step.
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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