Frequently Asked Questions on Foot Management

What is a hammertoe?

A hammertoe or a contracted toe, is a deformed middle joint of the toe that is contracted upwards or permanently bent. This deformity typically occurs in the second, third, and fourth toes and more than one toes can be affected at a time. Hammertoe is usually the result of pressure from ill fitting footwear, especially high heels that force the toes to contract and eventually take on the position permanently.

What are the causes of a hammer toe?

Some of the prominent causes may include: 

  • Traumatic toe injury
  • Arthritis
  • Unusually high foot arch
  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Tightened ligaments or tendons in the foot
  • Pressure from a bunion
How to fix a hammer toe?

A hammer toe can be fixe by wearing a toe slint along with proper fitted shoes with a wider foot area along with foot exercises recommended by your physiotherapist.

What is a bunion splint?

A bunion splint is a device that is typically worn in the night (while sleeping) designed to physically push the big toe back into normal alignment.

How long should one wear a bunion splint?

You can start by wearing the splint for 20 minutes. Then you may extend the timing gradually and wear at the night time while sleeping.