While surgery is a good, sometimes necessary method when it comes to correcting hammertoe, insurance companies often encourage patients to attempt non-surgical treatments before undergoing surgery. For example, analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs may help ease pain and swelling as could cortisone injections. Less invasive methods might include the use of a custom-made orthotic insert to help prevent the hammertoe from worsening and to ease discomfort. Splints or non-medicated pads may also be used.
Regardless of the treatment you choose, hammertoes require some form of medical attention if they are to be corrected. If you are seeking treatment for a hammertoe, consult with podiatrist Gary F. Ochwat, DPM of Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists. Dr. Ochwat can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.
It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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