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How Do They Fix Hammer Toes And How Long Must I Be Off My Feet Afterwards
Hammer toe: This depends on the severity and flexibility of the hammertoe and any other joint contractures. Examples include: simple transecting of a tendon on the underside of the toe, cutting of bone to resect a portion of the contracted joint to reduce the deformity with possible creation of a surgical fusion. Other procedures or fixation may be needed. Time off feet depends on what procedures are done. ...Read more
I am a type one diabetic (complication free) with worsening hammer toes. Would it become a major problem if I had neurothapy in my feet?
I had a hammer toe on both my feet. I had surgery 6 yrs ago. Recently my right foot started to hurt again, what can I do?
Hammertoe: Your best course of action is to see your podiatrist as stated above. Good luck. ...Read more
1 day to 4 weeks: After neuroma surgery you can walk immediately as well as with hammertoe procedures. The rate limiting surgery is the bunionectomy. After some procedures it is ok to put weight immediately on the foot in a postop shoe or a walking brace (usually a soft tissue procedure) other types where the bone is cut or fused and held in place with screws/plate may have no weight for 4-8 weeks. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more
My feet burn off and on for 2 months now and my left big toe has been numb long what can cause this?
For as long as I can remember I've had theese lumps on my feet there quite soft and the one on the side has a vein over it, they don't cause me pain (not that I know off) only one is hard, and the soft one moves when I move my toes. I do get pins and nee
Reassurance: This is good that you do not have any pain or any restrictions on movements of your feet. It' means that All this lumps around your bones are normal. Be well and happy. ...Read more
How long a day will I use the foot massager with tens, infrared and jade balls under my feet and the patches at my fingers for my numbness?
I had cellulitis last week the infection is gone but when I'm on my feet for hours my foot gets swollen. How long until this stops happening.
Perhaps: Wearing compressive knee high socks would be a good idea. ...Read more
Not complicated: Surgery is not complicated, however, it does require a period of immobilization after surgery pending on the type of procedure chosen by your surgeon. It takes at least 6 weeks to recover and I usually tell my patients that expect to be in regular shoes by 3 months after surgery. ...Read more
I went to a foot doctor around 3 weeks ago and had a mold of my feet for custom orthodics. How long does it normally take to get them in?
Orthotics: Custom orthotic delivery varies with the lab. In my office ours usually arrive in 10 to 14 days. Give your podiatrists office a shout and they will advise you as to when they will arrive. Good luck. ...Read more
What might cause foot pain on top of the foot? I have had two surgeries...a bunionecty and to repair hammer toes. I am still working on recovery.
Pain: This is best addressed by your surgeon. He/she knows what was done and when. None of the docs here have access to the x rays nor do we know what was the procedure. Your surgeon is your best source to answer any and all questions. ...Read more
Treatment options: Treatment options include conservative and surgical management. Conservative management options include use of orthotic devices, change in shoe wear, medications such as oral no-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), steroid injections, padding of corns and calluses, and splinting and strapping. See a specialist to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
5-yr-old has painful hammer toes and flat feet despite nearly 3 yrs of orthotics and regular toe stretches. Would you recommend tendon clipping or???
Second opinion.: I would recommend seeing a pediatric foot specialist. There are biomechanical issues that have to be considered. This cannot be determined without actually examining the patient. ...Read more
I had a total knee replacement. My toes are now seriously curved under like hammer toes (except large toe) experiencing serious swelling foot/leg now?
DVT???: I do hope that you have already called your Orthopedic surgeon. It's impossible to help you thru this venue, however, one of the potential complications (and I am sure that you are aware of this) after Orthopedic Surgery, is a DVT (blood clot). Although we use blood thinners post-op, there is always a possibility of a DVT, so PLEASE contact your Orthopedist immediately for further advise. ...Read more
I have small brown raised dots on the bottom of my feet and one on my toe started off with one now I have 10 what could this be?
Plantar warts?: It's really hard to tell from your description. Consider having them checked out by a doc. You could also try a virtual consult here on HealthTap! Good luck! ...Read more
I walk between 4&6 miles and the top of my foot below my toes will black and blue. It goes away if I'm off my feet.
Nice distance!: That sounds like a healthy walk. Considerations: Is it only one foot? Is there any pain? That fact that It goes away when you are off your feet, it might be due to veins. The return circulation causes the black-blue pigmentation. If you have prominent veins in your legs and feet, this is most likely veins. ...Read more
My second toes in my feet are much longer than my other toes. How is it longer than my big toe? In addition, it almost always hurts when I walk a lot.
This is normal: 30-40% of the population have a longer second toe than the other toes. This is very normal. The reason that it hurts when you walk a lot is that the long toe is grabbing to the ground and thereby causing the pain. Try vaseline to the area, and make sure that your shoes are large enough to accomodate the longer toe. If this is still bothersome, see your podiatrist for other solutions. ...Read more
Both my pinkie toes on my feet are thick and some times peices will break off randomly and its been like sense I was younger. Is like a fungus or what?
Hyperkeratosis: This is thickened skin due to friction, possible fungal nail, or constant trauma from shoe. A podiatrist a foot doctor can address issue of gait, possible bone changes in those toes. Creams will be only marginally effective and the underlying issue of footwear and gait must be addressed. ...Read more
I have noticed that my feet just half of them from the toes to the top of my foot turn Red when I stand and walk very long. What is this?
I have a lot dead skin build up on the bottom of my feet right under my big toe it hurts so bad when standing are walking for so long on it.
Dead skin: There are several reasons that you would have this and you can try an exfoliate from the drug store. I would not recommend that you cut this off yourself. I would also try a pad to relieve pressure to the area and see your local podiatrist. He/she will fix this for you. ...Read more
I work on my feet all day long and it's gotten to the point that when I curl my toes my foot muscle is in a lot of pain, what can I do to help this?
Overuse.: Working on your feet all day, day after day, has a cumulative effect of stressing, straining and injuring the soft tissues of the foot. These can include the muscles as well as connective tissues. Typically this improves with rest, a constant supply of great shoes and possibly an arch supports. Having said that, it might be wise to have your feet examined to determine the true nature of the pain. ...Read more
I broke my pinky toe a few yrs ago. It still hurts when I'm on my feet too long or if I wear sandals and sometimes itch a lot. Did it not heal right?
It can be an issue:
And it's a pretty common area for those symptoms due to other issues such as arthritis, irritation of ligments/tendons and other minor strains.
X-rays would show fractures but would not show the tendons and ligaments.
Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, ...Read more
On my soles of both feet confront of 3rd/4th toe my feet are sticky, they will stick to any carpet after intensive washing and socks can hang off the?
This is an: Interesting problem that is not easily explainable over the internet. It would be helpful to be able to examine your feet. Make an appointment with your health care provider or a Podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more
My feet are peeling off in layers under my toes and between them. They ae really raw I have to stand on thm all day and they are so sore
I have plantar fasciitis, as well as history of gout. Why is that I still have pain in my big toes when I lift off my both my feet to walk?
Have feet examined: No one can tell you for sure without being able to examine the toes. ...Read more
The skin under my second toe is peeling off and bleeding. I have to use a powder to keep my feet from stinking and I think that is the problem??
Not the powder: Powder does not treat stinking feet. It sounds like you have a moisture/ fungal problem. Stinking feet are primarily caused by excessive sweating and not cleaning and drying them well. The excessive moisture has lead to inter digital maceration with a secondary fungal infection. This can also now lead to a bacterial infection if not treated properly. At this point seek medical treatment ASAP. ...Read more
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