Mallet Toes
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Torbeume
Hammer Toe, (L5thMet), Right foot Swelling and Redness.

Six weeks ago I manifested my first symptoms of hammertoe in my 5th toe on my left foot. My left ankle has been reconstructed twice due to a climbing incident.

I went to a podiatrist following a referral last week, 5 weeks after the onset of symptoms. I was diagnosed with hammertoe, given a cortisone shot, and told that if the symptoms didn't abate that I would need surgery.

The day after the appointment my right foot began to manifest red "hotspots" on the 3rd joint of the 2nd toe, the 3rd joint of the 3rd toe, and on the side of the 5th toe, mirroring the left foot. Now the 5th toe is swollen like the other foot was, and I am in some pain with all three swollen red toes.

I'm considering forgoing a second visit to the podiatrist and going straight to an orthopedic shoe store to get a fitting for shoes that will alleviate pain and help restore my gait to something that will not exacerbate these problems.

Is it a terrible idea to skip the doctor with the onset of 3 new symptoms that mirror the first? I am not anxious to here another surgery recommendation, but I am also worried about the acute onset of 4 toe problems within 6 weeks of each other.

Foot Conditions Mallet Toe

Definition

Many disorders can affect the joints in the toes, causing pain and preventing the foot from functioning as it should. A mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten. Excessive rubbing of the mallet toe against the top of the shoe can lead to pain and the development of a corn. The tip of the toe is often turned down against the shoe causing pressure and discomfort.

Cause

Many disorders can affect the joints in the toes, causing pain and preventing the foot from functioning as it should. A mallet toe occurs when the joint at the end of the toe cannot straighten. Excessive rubbing of the mallet toe against the top of the shoe can lead to pain and the development of a corn. The tip of the toe is often turned down against the shoe causing pressure and discomfort. Arthritis can also lead to many forefoot deformities including mallet toes. Mallet toes can cause extreme discomfort, and can be aggravated if restrictive or improperly fitting footwear is worn for a prolonged period of time.

Treatment and Prevention

Any forefoot problems that cause pain or discomfort should be given prompt attention. Ignoring the symptoms can aggravate the condition and lead to a breakdown of tissue, or possibly even infection. Conservative treatment of mallet toes begins with accommodating the deformity. The goal is to relieve pressure, reduce friction, and transfer forces from the sensitive areas. Shoes with a high and broad toe box (toe area) are recommended for people suffering from forefoot deformities such as mallet toes. This prevents further irritation in the toe area from developing. Other conservative treatment includes forefoot supports such as gel toe caps, gel toe shields and toe crests. Gel forefoot supports provide immediate comfort and relief from common forefoot disorders without drying the skin.

If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.

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