Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome is an incurable neurological condition which causes contortion and degeneration in the muscles of the hands and feet. The condition is hereditary. “It makes my feet point downwards and the muscle contorts. I do physiotherapy stretches every day to try to ease my pain,” said Andrea Squire, UK resident and CMT Syndrome sufferer. “It is the seemingly little things that can really affect those with CMT in a big way; [hammertoes] can make wearing shoes painful and most people find it difficult to find suitable shoes,” said Karen Butcher of CMT UK, a charity which works to support those with CMT.
If you are suffering from hammertoes you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can diagnose your condition and provide treatment options for all your foot care needs.
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.