Do You Have Hammer Toe?

A hammer toe is a toe that is contracted at the PIP joint (middle joint in the toe), potentially leading to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe’s joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe except the big toe. There is often discomfort at the top part of the toe due to rubbing against the shoe. Hammer toes are classified based on the mobility of the toe joints. There are two types – flexible and rigid. In a flexible hammer toe, the joint has the ability to move. This type of hammer toe can be straightened manually. A rigid hammer toe does not have that same ability to move. Movement is very limited and can be extremely painful. This sometimes causes foot movement to become restricted leading to extra stress at the ball-of-the-foot, and possibly causing pain and the development of corns and calluses. Follow this link to learn more about hammer toe products.

Hammer toes result from a muscle imbalance which causes the ligaments and tendons to become unnaturally tight. This results in the joint curling downward. Arthritis can also lead to many different forefoot deformities, including hammer toes.

Changing the type of footwear worn is a very important step in the treatment of hammer toes. When choosing a shoe, make sure the toe box (toe area) is high and broad, and can accommodate the hammer toes. A shoe with a high, broad toe box will provide enough room in the forefoot area so that there is less friction against the toes. Other conservative treatments include using forefoot products designed to relieve hammer toes, such as hammer toe crests and hammer toe splints. These devices will help hold down the hammer toe and provide relief to the forefoot. Gel toe shields and gel toe caps are also recommended to eliminate friction between the shoe and the toe, while providing comfort and lubrication.

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Treating Corns Naturally

Corns like calluses develop from an accumulation of dead skin cells on the foot, forming thick, hardened areas. They contain a cone-shaped core with a point that can press on a nerve below, causing pain. Corns are a very common ailment that usually form on the tops, sides and tips of the toes. Corns can become inflamed due to constant friction and pressure from footwear. Corns that form between the toes are sometimes referred to as soft corns.

Some of the common causes of corn development are tight fitting footwear, high heeled footwear, tight fitting stockings and socks, deformed toes, or the foot sliding forward in a shoe that fits too loosely. Soft corns result from bony prominences and are located between the toes. They become soft due to perspiration in the forefoot area. Complications that can arise from corns include bursitis and the development of an ulcer.

There are very simple ways to prevent and treat corns. You should wear properly fitted footwear with extra room in the toe box (toe area). Avoid shoes that are too tight or too loose. Use an orthotic or shoe insert made with materials that will absorb shock and shear forces. Also avoid tight socks and stockings to provide a healthier environment for the foot. Try to steer away from corn removing solutions and medicated pads. These solutions can sometimes increase irritation and discomfort. Diabetics and all other individuals with poor circulation should never use any chemical agents to remove corns.

Essential oils can be a very effective way to treat corns naturally. One of the most popular oils for treating corns is tea tree oil. To use, dip a cotton ball in tea tree essential oil and cover the corn. Secure the cotton in place using gauze or a bandaid. After approximately 2 hours, remove the cotton and clean the corn with a soft tissue. Re-apply a fresh cotton ball soaked in tea tree essential oil over the corn. Repeat the treatment at least 3 times a day for two months.

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Tips for Avoiding & Treating Bunions Naturally

Bunions, referred to in the medical community as Hallux Valgus, are one of the most common forefoot problems. A bunion is a bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint. A bunion is actually a bone protruding toward the inside of the foot. With the continued movement of the big toe toward the smaller toes, it is common to find the big toe resting under or over the second toe, causing a condition called overlapping toes. Some of the symptoms of bunions include inflammation, swelling, and soreness on the side surface of the affected big toe. As a result of the pain, patients commonly walk improperly.

A Bunionette, or Tailor’s Bunion, is another type of bunion. Bunionettes form on the outside of the foot toward the joint at the little toe. It is a smaller bump than a bunion, and it forms due to the little toe moving inwards, toward the big toe.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions are a common problem, typically experienced by women. The deformity can develop from an abnormality in foot function, or arthritis, but is more commonly caused by wearing improper fitting footwear. Tight, narrow dress shoes with a constrictive toe box (toe area) can cause the foot to begin to take the shape of the shoe, leading to the formation of a bunion. Women who have bunions normally wear dress shoes that are too small for their feet. Their toes are squeezed together in their shoes causing the first metatarsal bone to protrude on the side of the foot. In this instance, beauty really is pain!

It is important for men and women to realize that wearing dress shoes and boots, which are tapered in the toe area, can cause the bunion to worsen to the point where surgery is necessary.

How To Treat & Prevent Bunions

To prevent development of bunions, it is critical to ensure that your feet are measured regularly and that you have properly fitting footwear. Avoid footwear with narrow, pointy toes. Opt for options that have high, wide toe boxes that can properly accommodate your foot.

Some of the most common non-surgical treatments for bunions include:

  • Soaking feet in warm water, ice packs or a whirlpool (temporary relief)
  • Wearing properly fitted footwear with a high, wide toe box
  • Shoes with rocker soles to unload pressure in the bunion area
  • Orthotics to provide extra comfort, support and protection
  • Forefoot products including: bunion shields, bunion night splints and bunion bandages
  • Maintain a normal body weight to alleviate pressure on the feet
  • Foot massage with essential oils (Young Living’s PanAway, followed up with Peppermint after can be very effective in relieving pain)

The most important thing to focus on with bunions is prevention! In some more severe cases of bunions, surgery may be necessary. I am a big believer that treating your feet properly from the start is SO important so you can avoid painful and inconvenient conditions like bunions.

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