Hammer toe deformities are common and wide ranging. They can affect people of all ages. They can be due to an inherited abnormal bone structure in the toes, or due to poor foot function, e.g. Flat feet, which puts excessive demands on the joints in the toes. Correction of any of these faulty mechanics can improve toe deformities, particularly if treated early. Toes can appear clawed, rotated or abnormally flexed in one of the toe joints.
If left untreated, problems with toe deformities include painful corns, pain in the toe joints, problems with shoe fitting and the hammer toe is vulnerable to ulceration in patients with diabetes or circulation problems.
Sport injuries. Foot injuries are common when partaking in sport. They can range from minor problems to quite serious pathology. Sports Podiatry deals with pain and injuries related to biomechanical function in the lower limbs. Often this includes problems with the: arch, heel, big toe, shin, knee, and more. Our Podiatrists can also advise on insoles, footwear, exercise and running techniques. Common sport injury likes Achilles tendinitis.
By assessing a patient’s biomechanical structure, using a range of techniques, including gait analysis, a Podiatrist is able to identify if a patient’s injury is caused by poor structural alignment or function. Some of the advice and treatment options included in Podiatry are: footwear advice and modification, insoles/orthotics, padding and taping, and stretching and strengthening advice.