Description: Hammertoes are the result of deformed toe joints, tight tendons that attach to the toe, and misaligned toe bones. The usual appearance of a hammertoe is a toe bent upward at the middle toe joint, so that the top of this joint rubs against the top of the shoe. The remainder of the toe is bent downward so that, instead of the entire toe bearing weight, only the tip of the toe bears weight.
Pain can occur on the top of the toe, the tip of the toe, or in both areas. The following remedies are prescribed by doctors to relieve shoe pressure and pain in these toes; or, to help the toe lie straight, thus alleviating pain and preventing the hammertoe from becoming worse.
- Single and Double Hammertoe Splints extend the hammertoe and allow it to lie straight; thus, pain is alleviated in the top and tip of the toe.
- Adhesive felt corn pads, held in place with self-sticking gauze. The gauze allows the skin to "breathe" and can be left on the toe for days. It stays on even after showers and baths.
- Removable, comfortable, long lasting gel Crest Pads straighten the toes and prevent them from rubbing against the tops of your shoes, relieving your pain.
- Removable, long lasting Gel Toe Pads.
- Exercise by stretching the toe straight for 10 seconds, and repeat for 3 to 5 minutes daily.
- Wear longer shoes.
- Wear flat shoes. (Do not wear shoes with a heel higher than 3/4 inch.)
- Gentle massage with a cool linament will help to relieve your pain.
- If you ever experience open wounds, intense redness, or extreme pain see a podiatrist immediately.