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What are hammer toes and what causes this?

What are hammer toes and what causes this?

A contracted toe: A hammertoe is an contracture or a bending of the toe joint which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical or structural changes in the foot. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. ...Read more

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What. Causes a hammer toe?

What. Causes a hammer toe?

Imbalance: Digital deformities are generally due to musculotendinous imbalance. One tendon is pulling harder than another and the toe is pulled crooked. Improving foot mechanics with foot orthotics can help. Toe straightening gadgets rarely work. Surgery can straighten the toe when irritation and pain are present. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the medical definition, symptoms, and causes of hammer toe?

Could you tell me what is the medical definition, symptoms, and causes of hammer toe?

A hammer toe: Is a deformity at the level of the proximal interphalangeal joint which causes the joint to protrude upwards. Genetics poor shoes and muscle imbalance cause the deformity, treatment to correct it is surgical in nature. ...Read more

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What are the causes of hammer toe/claw toe?

What are the causes of hammer toe/claw toe?

Bent toe.: People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: a toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat". Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's arthritis involved: these tend to be more rigid, and require surgery if you want them corrected. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes hammer toe/claw toe?

Few reasons: But a simple explanation is when the flexor tendons become stronger than the extensor tendons. ...Read more

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My second toe has been going numb for a few days now. The top of my toe feels normal. Also have hammer toe on that toe. Does it cause numbness?

My second toe has been going numb for a few days now. The top of my toe feels normal. Also have hammer toe on that toe. Does it cause numbness?

There are many: Possible reasons for your toe to lose sensation. It will not be possible to evaluate this over the internet. You need to make an appointment for a health care provider to examine the toe in order to diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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What causes hammer toes?

What causes hammer toes?

Bent toe.: People can get hammertoes several different ways, including just an unlucky roll of the genetic dice, but the fundamental result is usually the same: a toe that has drawn back and no longer sits straight or "flat". Sometimes it's only a tendon that holds the toe in that position, other times there's arthritis involved: these tend to be more rigid, and require surgery if you want them corrected. ...Read more

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Can flip flops cause hammer toes?

Can flip flops cause hammer toes?

Chronic: Wearing of flip flops cause instability across the metatarsal (toe joints) and thus would cause the toes to "grip" the ground more during walking. This can lead to hammer toes or "contractures" that over time, will need to be surgically straightened if they become rigid and do not reduce or return to normal straight if you push down on the toe. ...Read more

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What causes hammer toes to happen?

What causes hammer toes to happen?

Hammertoes: There are 3 different mechanisms in gait that causes hammertoes to occur- but basically there is an imbalance between the muscles that cause the toe to flex versus the ones that extend the toes. There are many congenital deviations from the norm that causes this to occur. ...Read more

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Doctor thinks I have nerve damage both my big toes are discolored and I have hammer toes what could have caused this?

More than one cause: Hammer toe is caused by arthritis of the small joints in your toes. Discoloration could be a sign of circulation problems. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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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.

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

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What is hammer toe?

What is hammer toe?

Hammertoe: Hammertoes are contractures of the toes. See the image above for a good diagram. ...Read more

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What is hammer toe?

Simplest Explanation: Is that these are contractures of the toes. ...Read more

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What's a hammer toe?

See below: A contracted toe joint where the affected joint sticks up in air and tip of toe points downward. Like a "hammer" often caused by inproper biomechanics, poor fitting shoes, trauma or other deformity. Some neurological condition may also lead to the development of hammertoes. ...Read more

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What is a hammer toe?

Bone deformityh: Hammertoe is a deformity in the joints of the toes. ...Read more

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Does a hammer toe hurt?

Maybe: If the deformity is severe enough it can hurt, or if the toe rubs on the shoe it will cause pain. ...Read more

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What can hammer toe do to you?

What can hammer toe do to you?

A variety of things: The worst being arthritis in the joints (if left untreated in a severe stage)... But most hammertoes cause unsightly calluses, corns and pain. ...Read more

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How do I know if I got hammer toe?

How do I know if I got hammer toe?

By looking: If you have a hammertoe you toe will be bent at the toe joints. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix a hammer toe?

What can I do to fix a hammer toe?

Surgery vs. Padding.: If you catch hammertoes in the early stages, a small, in-office procedure to release one of the tendons will often allow the toe to lie straight again. If the toe deformity has become rigid, the surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort. ...Read more

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How can one straighten a 'hammer toe'?

Surgery: You can also splint the toe but best treatment is surgical correction. ...Read more

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I'm forming a hammer toe, how can I fix it?

I'm forming a hammer toe, how can I fix it?

A contracted toe: A hammertoe is an contracture or a bending of the toe joint which results from a muscle or tendon imbalance due to the mechanical or structural changes in the foot. This can be hereditary or due to environmental factors such as tight shoes. This bending can lead to abnormal pressure distribution resulting in pain, swelling, blistering, and corns. Treatment can be conservative or surgical. ...Read more

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What is a hammer toe and how you end up with one?

Curved or Crooked: Hammertoes are when your lesser digits (mainly) become either clawed or hammered. Depending on the level of the joint involvement, you can have the distal end of the toe curve downward, or have the bend from the middle of the toe.
The condition is caused mainly by muscle imbalance, where one muscle group gains a mechanical advantage over the other one. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hammer toe?

What is the definition or description of: Hammer toe?

Contracture: The primary abnormality in a hammer toe is a flex ion contracture of the PIP joint in a toe. This can cause pain and a callous to develop where it can potentially rub against a shoe. Hammer toes can occur in isolation, or they can be associated with other foot deformities such as a bunion for example. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a hammer toe medically disqualifying?

Disqualifying?: A Hammertoe deformity may be very painful depending on the severity. It may cause one to have difficulty walking and wear shoes which then makes it a debilitating condition. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for the first stages of hammer toe?

Are there any home remedies for the first stages of hammer toe?

Try a splint: The early stages of hammertoes have a soft tissue component that causes the toes to contract. A hammertoe splint is useful at this stage. An example can be found at http://www. Ourdoctorstore. Com/schneider/store/item. Asp? Item_id=390&department_id=52. ...Read more

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Can you get surgery for hammer toe?

Can you get surgery for hammer toe?

Absolutely.: Surgery is the definitive treatment for hammertoe deformities that are rigid an cause pain. The procedure is relatively straight forward and the success rate is high. ...Read more

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Swelling on my hammer toe and hurts?

Swelling on my hammer toe and hurts?

Hammer Time.: Hammer toes can certainly be painful at times and along with pain, they can be swollen. Hammer toes can be of flexible or rigid variety. Either way, when higher that normal pressure is being applied to the toe, it will react. The reaction is pain, swelling, redness and often callous formation. In extreme cases, the toe can ulcerate and start an infection process. Best to have it examined. ...Read more

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What is the surgery like for hammer toe?

What is the surgery like for hammer toe?

Removing the joint: Depending on whether you have a flexible or a rigid deformity will dictate the choice of procedure. In both instances the buckled joint is removed, but depending on severity, it may or may not be fused. Typically an outpatient procedure but the bone has to heal after this planned fracture which is generally 6-8 weeks - in a special shoe/boot. Ask your surgeon for specifics. ...Read more