The middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe.
A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.
Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.
Signs and tests
A physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.
Anyone who has stubbed a big toe in the middle of the night knows how painful that big toe can be. Anyone who has tried to walk with a painful big toe knows how difficult a simple step can be. Any minor issues with a toe can be quite disabling because the toes are so important. Itchiness, numbness, burning, throbbing, and swelling; all of these problems can effect the first toe. However, no one really wants to go to the doctor for toe problems . And you may be able to avoid a trip to the doctor's office with some home remedies. Let's look at some home remedies for a sore big toe.
Problem #1: Throbbing, Swollen Toe: Any simple trauma like a bump in the night can cause a swollen, throbbing toe. With a little ice and rest, these minor sprains usually heal. If throbbing and swelling is not related to trauma, an ingrown toe nail might be a culprit. Home remedies for an ingrown, infected toe include: soaking the toe in Betadine Antiseptic Solution; applying topical antibiotics that ar...
This is supposed to be the " Decade of Pain Control and Research ." There's even a law that says so, but patients in pain would never know it. There are times when it seems that the "war on drugs" has turned into a war on patients in pain and the doctors who would like to prescribe for them. In 2004, the DEA issued a document, Prescription Pain Medications: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals, and Law Enforcement Personnel . But as soon as attorneys for Dr. William Hurwitz, a doctor who was being persecuted -- errr, ummmmm prosecuted -- over his prescribing of pain medications, notified the prosecuting attorney that this document would be used in his defense, the DEA suddenly withdrew the document. Karen Lee Richards, an expert on our ChronicPainConnection site has written a thought provoking piece I hope you'll read, Pain Patients Should Not be the Victims in the War on Drugs .
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