Painful Deformities of the Lesser Toes

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Deformities of the lesser toes can be very painful. There are a number of surgical and non surgical treatments available; however they do not solve the underlying problem which caused the deformity of the lesser toe. Early assessment by your local doctor or podiatrist is vital to allow you to continue to enjoy their daily activities. Toe deformities can have an effect on the quality of life you need. Deformities can cause muscular pain in the foot and you may find it difficult to walk. If you do not treat the problem it can cause other problems, including skin infections and muscular problems.

When you pushing off when walking, the lesser toes are important as they help bearing your weight, the pressure is then supported by the big toe and ball of foot. There are a variety of causes that can lead to lesser toe deformities.  Inadequate footwear such as pointed shoes or tight toe shoes are the main factor (where the footwear holds the foot or toes in an unnatural shape) injury to the foot or toes is another main factor, others include arthritis, metabolic or neuromuscular diseases like cerebral palsy and born with genetics.

Common toe deformities include hammer toes, claw toes, mallet toes, curly toes, crossover toes and bunions. You may find walking difficult if you suffer any of these conditions. This is   due to the positions of the toe relative to the feet. Other symptoms to look out for include swelling, redness, sores and calluses all of which may need to be treated in their own right. Even though diabetes is not a direct cause of lesser toe deformities, those who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy may not notice when a toe becomes painful.

If you are suffering for common toe deformity it can be treated without the need of surgery. For those who do not respond well to conventional treatment surgery can be very effective. Non surgical treatments can include gel cushions or pads to reduce pressure or wraps and toe inserts to help properly align the toes.  If surgery is required it usually involves reconstruction of the bones, soft tissues, or a combination of both.

There are some causes of lesser toe deformities that are sadly not preventable, one of the most common causes is your shoes. Poorly fitting shoes are responsible for many toe deformities as well as other foot problems. It is very important to be aware of the type of footwear you should wear. A  comfortable well fitting shoes that do not pinch or constrict the foot are always best to prevent toe deformities.

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