Our Foot Doctor In Sewell, NJ Can Help With Your Bunions Or Hammertoes
Bunion deformities are certainly very common in some family groups, and therefore there is a significant hereditary factor involved in the development of this deformity. Abnormal mechanical function of the foot is also a major cause in the development of bunion deformities. A small percentage of individuals are actually born with bunion deformities. Statistically, more women have symptomatic bunion deformities than men.
As these deformities progress, the big toe will eventually under lap the 2nd and 3rd toes which will result in hammertoe deformities of these digits. In some more advanced cases, a bursal sack (fluid filled cyst) will develop between the skin and the joint. This is the body's attempt to cushion the area, but it actually results in more pain.
If left untreated, pain and deformity can progress. Some means to slow the progression of a bunion is through proper footwear and custom orthotics. Surgery, however, is the only way to correct a bunion deformity.
As a general rule, bunion surgical procedures are performed on an out-patient basis in approved Surgical Centers or in a Hospital. Many patients are able to walk, work, and resume a normal lifestyle within a short timeframe after surgery. It is our goal to get you back to a pain-free lifestyle as soon as possible!
Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, fourth or fifth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery.
People with hammertoe may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes. Causes of hammertoe include improperly fitting shoes and muscle imbalance.
Treatment for the condition typically involves shoes with soft, roomy toe boxes and toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. Commercially available straps, cushions or non-medicated corn pads may also relieve symptoms.