Hammer toe is thought to develop (this is only 1 way it can form and not the sole reason. Footwear is actually the leading cause of this type of toe deformity so much so that people sometimes require hammer toe surgery to undo some of the damage. The ankle is a delicate part of the body.
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Basically, the deformed toe gets curled, because of a bend that occurs in the middle joint of the same toe. Usually, certain changes in the footwear is good enough to relieve the painful symptoms of the affected toe. However, if this is not helping, then a surgery might be a proposed idea by a surgeon. The most common side effects that may show up post a hammertoe surgery include pain and swelling of the operated site. Then comes a complication that may keep the toe from sitting completely on the ground. Diabetes and alcoholism are primary diseases that contribute to nerve damage in the feet.
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Pads will relieve skin pressure, taping and splints will temporarily hold the toe down while they are applied, and inserts will do….well, nothing. An exception is the use of a prescription insert made of a mold of one’s foot while that foot is held in a very specific anatomic neutral position.
Emotional and physical stress from both the surgery and recovery time changes your metabolism, which increases acid production. The use of both general and local anesthesia, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medications and other medications such as antibiotics will also introduce more acid to your system, lowering the alkalinity. To maintain your body’s proper pH, keep yourself well hydrated prior to and after surgery. These include: aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen sodium (Aleve).Arrange for a ride home from surgery and for someone to look after you for at least the first 24 hours.Avoid long trips for at least two weeks after surgery.Avoid eating and drinking anything after midnight the night before surgery. After surgery you will receive pain medication and care instructions.
Sometimes a change in activity, shoes, or weight gain can make a bunion or hammertoe seem suddenly very painful. Orthotics, custom orthopedic foot supports, can help with mild hammer toes and bunions. Orthotics may slow down or perhaps prevent the progression of bunions and hammer toes.