ROCHESTER, Minn. — The pain from hammertoe, a deformity that can cause one or more toes to assume a claw shape, can curtail an evening of dancing or make a favorite pair of shoes unwearable. But, according to the June issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter, this condition often can be managed by proper footwear or simple toe coverings. For a more comprehensive explanation of what a hammertoe is, please visit www.westfieldfoot.com. This site will provide you with a library of information that will prepare you for your visit with the doctor. An overview ov anatomy, biomechanics, how hammertoes form, and what is involved with treatment are all covered comprehensively. Especially if you're diabetic, an open sore that won't heel definitely needs to be seen by the podiatrist because they can swab the sore to find out the type of bacteria, and also prescribe some antibiotics. With sores, especially on the feet, it is definitely important to catch it early and go see the doctor before it gets worse. Letting a sore or lesion go untreated can be dangerous to your overall health, and infection can travel fast in an area like the foot where people often lose sensation. Probably because of the tight-shoe and high-heel shoe factors, hammertoe tends to occur far more often in women than in men. Relatively minor conditions are generally treated by the podiatric consultation, which incorporates disorders like calluses and corns. These conditions feature the thick, hard skin - that might even be flaky and dry. The podiatrist will get rid of the extreme tissue particularly if determined ulceration or a corporation of infection is detected. Podiatrists provide patients with education and awareness so for that injury to the tissue is avoided. He then proceeded to show me toe exercises I should do to prevent getting a Hammer Toe. I asked him why his toe had to be removed and he said because he didn't know about the exercises. 7.) 'Hammer Toe' is a term that used to describe the 'clawing up' of any of the five toes due to bone contractures. Calluses (or corns) are often present in the area, which can become infected underneath. Hammer toes are often connected with bunions. The use of Orthotics may alleviate the condition, though surgery usually ends up being the best option. Swelling generally starts to reduce at 6-8 weeks and the foot will be beginning to feel more normal at 3 months although the healing process continues for 1 year. The toe may not sit on the ground - floating toe (there is an increased risk of this with arthrodesis) There are several tips to prevent hammer toe. Always make sure that you wear shoes that are right for your feet. Your shoes should never be too tight, and you should have plenty of room for your foot in your shoes. Wearing wide shoes will help you to prevent getting a hammer toe. So avoid shoes that are narrow. Do foot exercises' to keep your toes healthy. If you follow these simple tips, you may avoid getting hammer toe. Hammer toe, mallet toe and claw toe are all deformities describing bending or clawing of the toes. They appear somewhat similar, but have subtle differences, hence the different names. Approach your next kids party as if it were an adventure which you are going to record for posterity from beginning to end. This will mean capturing the significant high points of the party such as the guests arriving, playing party games, opening presents, and of course the cake and ice cream "Happy Birthday to You" part. No decapitations either, please. By taking a breath and holding it, you are better able to hold the camera steady while pressing on the shutter. This prevents the camera from moving downward and cutting off your subjects' heads. Before you leave the hospital, your toes will be wrapped in bandages to hold them in place and you will receive instructions on maintaining those dressings and on wearing a special post-surgical shoe to protect your foot. You may need to use a cane or crutches for the first several days and to be careful about putting weight on your foot. You should try to keep your foot elevated and treated with ice as directed for several days. While your stitches may be removed in a couple of weeks, you will continue to need to utilize the bandages and shoe for as long as eight weeks. If you have any of these symptoms, especially the hammer shape, pain or stiffness in a toe or toes, you should consider consulting your physician. Even if you're not significantly bothered by some of these symptoms, the severity of a hammertoe can become worse over time and should be treated as soon as possible. Up to a point hammertoes can be treated without surgery and should be taken care of before they pass that point. After that, surgery may be the only solution. Flexible hammertoe is hammertoe in which the joints of the toes are still moveable or flexible and can be treated with nonsurgical therapies.