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Are your toes permanently bent resembling a hammer? Well you’re not alone; Hammertoe syndrome affects many people including celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham.

Hammertoes are usually caused by wearing shoes that are too small and force your toes into a bent position. When the toes are in this position for a long period of time, the tendons will shorten resulting in a permanent deformity. It can also be caused by wearing high heels, strapless shoes that cause you to grip them with your shoes, injuries to the toes, or genetics. Hammertoes can cause painful corns and calluses to form on the top of your toes due to rubbing on the top of the shoe. If you notice that you have Hammertoes and they are causing you problems or you are just tired of looking at them, set up an appointment with Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia.

Hammertoes can usually be treated conservatively by first putting you in properly fitting shoes and possibly giving you orthotics or toe pads to wear in your shoes. Some people even benefit by doing toe stretching exercises to help lengthen the tight tendons. If corns or calluses developed, the doctor will trim them down which is a completely painless process that will provide relief from the pain associated with them. Very severe cases of Hammertoes will require surgery where the doctor will go in to loosen up the tendon and realign the joint. If you have hammertoes, it is better to get it treated sooner rather than later. Here at The Foot Clinic we want your feet as comfortable as they can be.

Dr. Jonathan Purdy

 

Pau Gasol, forward for the LA Lakers, will be out for the next six to eight weeks after tearing his plantar fascia in a win against the Brooklyn Nets. Gasol has been suffering from plantar fasciitis for the entire season but Tuesday night’s game proved to be a challenge for Gasol. Gasol noticed that something was different during the first half and by the second half, his plantar fascia was really hurting him.  During the last few minutes of the game, Gasol claims that he felt a pop in his foot while blocking a shot and with three minutes and fifty seconds left in the game, Gasol asked to go to the locker room with the team medic.

Plantar Fasciitis, otherwise known as heel pain, is a very serious condition that affects many people and if not treated properly as in Gasol’s case, could lead to a tear of the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar Fascia is a band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that helps to maintain the arch of your foot. People who work on their feet a lot or athletes who do a lot of running can develop an overuse injury called Plantar Fasciitis. One of the tell-tale signs of Plantar Fasciitis is pain on the bottom of your heel and becomes worse with the first few steps you take when you wake up in the morning.

If you are experiencing symptoms of heel pain, you should get to your local New Iberia Podiatrist to check it out. Plantar Fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with custom made orthotics and some anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery is usually a last resort option when conservative measures fail. Minor tears of the plantar fascia will initially be treated conservatively. More severe tears or minor tears that don’t respond to conservative injuries will usually require surgery.

Gasol isn’t going to let this injury keep him down, the LA Lakers forward tweeted “I am hoping to recover ASAP so I can be back with the team and keep fighting.” We here at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia wish Pau Gasol a speedy recovery so that he can return to the courts with the LA Lakers. If you or a loved one is also experiencing symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis or any other common foot injuries, make an appointment and we will help you get back on your feet!

Jon Purdy, DPM



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