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Can a Child Get a Hammertoe?

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

A hammertoe is a toe deformity where the toe is bent downward at the joint, resembling a hammer. This can happen in children because of a congenital disability, wearing shoes that do not fit well, or pressure from a bunion. Buying comfortable shoes with the right size and a wide enough toe box for the toes to spread out is critical. Using a corn pad to protect the hammertoe can help relieve pressure and discomfort from friction within shoes. A child with a hammertoe can also benefit from stretching their toe muscles throughout the day. It is important to treat this condition in children to prevent future foot problems. If your child has a hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide a plan of treatment to ease pain, correct the deformity, and protect their feet from developing further issues.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff from Lake Worth Podiatry. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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