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.
Most of us know that foot health is very important in diabetes care! David Mendosa has written about the seriousness of foot ulcers and Joan has written about caring for your tender tootsies . Last week, Diabetesmine addressed the issue of myth vs reality .
I spent some time talking with a friend, who is also a podiatrist; about what she thought was the right answer for caring for diabetic feet. According to APMA , American Podiatric Medical Association, diabetes and proper foot care amount to huge pay off:
More than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications due to diabetes.
After an amputation, the chance for another amputation within three to five years is as high as 50 percent.
Including a podiatrist in your diabetes care can reduce the risk of lower limb amputation up to 85 percent.
Care by today’s podiatrist can lower the risk of hospitalization by 24 percent for those with diabetes.
It is time those of us with multiple sclerosis salute the quiet, unassuming symptom known as "f oot drop ." While other higher profile subjects (CSSVI, spasticity & bladder function) steal the MS spotlight, the lowly foot drop awkwardly stumbles along like the shy girl at a middle school dance.
With foot drop, it is difficult to pick up your foot with each step. The foot actually "folds under" and you end up dragging it, scraping the top of your shoes. In fact, that's what makes it so easy to spot a "foot-dropper," as we are the only people to wear out a pair of shoes - ON TOP! From the looks of my shoes, one would assume I walk on my toes more than a ballerina!
Foot drop seems innocent enough, but is actually quite dangerous as it is the leading cause of falls with MS. A simple solution to correct your foot drop may be an AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthosis).
An AFO is a bracing device worn on your lower leg that helps pick-up those lazy, little piggies,...
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