It’s summertime in Texas, which means you probably want to change out of your sneakers and into your favorite flip-flops or open-toed shoes. But are unsightly bunions and hammertoes giving you second thoughts? Bunions and hammertoes are similar toe deformities that can be as painful as they are ugly. In this blog, we’ll talk about how you can avoid and treat bunions and hammertoes.
What are Bunions and Hammertoes?
Bunions are a bone deformity that affects the main joint in your big toe. They often start as a small bump and progressively become larger and more painful. Hammertoes occur in the smaller toes and usually occur when the tendon in the affected toe becomes torn or damaged.
What Causes Bunions and Hammertoes?
The primary cause of these foot conditions is the prolonged use of ill-fitting footwear. You may love your high heels, but cramping your toes in this abnormal position can provide the perfect circumstances for bunions and hammertoes to form. You can prevent bunions and hammertoes from forming by wearing well-fitting shoes along with foot orthotics.
Foot orthotics are custom insoles that correctly match the shape of your foot. Designed by a foot doctor, orthotics will support your feet in the places they need most, ensuring that your toes have the room they need to avoid bunions and hammertoes.
How Do I Treat Bunions and Hammertoes?
Although you can prevent and delay the progression of bunions and hammertoes, the only way to treat them is by consulting a foot surgeon who can operate to correct the deformities.
If you’re located in North Houston, visit the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston. Our board-certified podiatrists and surgeons are ready to evaluate your bunions and hammertoes and do away with them for good. We’re proud to offer convenient locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114 today.