If your toes appear deformed, you will likely experience pain and discomfort that worsens over time. Even if your feet feel fine now, deformities will progress causing symptoms if left untreated. We recommend you visit our office, sooner rather than later, to have those toes evaluated to ensure your toes keep doing their job.
Common Causes of Toe Deformities
The precise underlying cause of any given deformity will depend upon the deformity itself, as well as your circumstances. However, most toe deformities are caused by structural or genetic issues.
For example, a flexible foot is prone to developing bunions, capsulitis, and hallux rigidus (arthritis of the large toe joint). A Morton’s foot (second toe longer than the first) tends to develop hammertoes and capsulitis. A high arch (cavus foot) is inclined towards hammertoe formation. Sometimes simply having one toe deformity can lead to another.
It is also worth noting that external factors such as shoe choice and repetitive injuries can affect the onset of digital deformities. If you are genetically prone to any of the deformities listed above, it is worth assessing whether your lifestyle and shoe selection will affect your long-term foot health.
If you come into our office for toe deformities, Dr. Thomas J. Bobrowski will perform a thorough examination, review your past medical history, and question you about your condition to determine the underlying cause. All this information allows us to put together a comprehensive treatment plan most effective and appropriate for you.
General Treatment Approaches for Toe Deformities
Most toe deformities are treated in one or more of the following ways:
- Orthotics: Orthotics are shoe inserts designed to support, realign, and stabilize your feet to alleviate pain and prevent deformities from worsening.
- Shoe modifications: Modifying the shape of your shoes can give your toes more room to move and prevent corns and pain.
- MLS laser therapy: MLS laser therapy will help relieve pain and inflammation in your toes while improving movement.
- Splinting: Splints protect injured bones and tendons as they recover from swelling or injuries.
- Surgery: While we do not recommend surgery for everyone, some patients find surgical correction of the deformity helps them regain control of their lives and eliminate pain in the long term.
Get in Touch Today!
Are your toe deformities affecting your life? Are you concerned about the long-term effects of your high arches or flexible feet? The InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry team is ready and waiting to take your call at (252) 638-4700. Or you can fill out an online request form and one of our staff members will call you to schedule an appointment.