Tight shoes are the most common cause of these toe problems. Wearing tight shoes can cause the toe muscles to get out of balance. Two muscles work together to straighten and bend the toes. If a shoe forces a toe to stay in a bent position for too long, the muscles tighten and the tendons shorten (contract). This makes it harder to straighten the toe. Over time, the toe muscles cannot straighten the toe, even if you are not wearing shoes. There are muscles that attach to different parts of the arch and tend to pull it up. When you strengthen those mucles you help keep the arch up. Please contact us for an appointment Dr. Kelly can evaluate your feet by obtaining in-office x-ray and gait analysis. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Kelly might prescribe medication, physical therapy, and custom fitted orthotics. Warts/Verruca Warts are caused by a virus. Warts appear as hard, tough skin similar to a callous or a corn with black pinpoints in the center. Depending on the location of a wart on the foot, it can become painful and mimic a callous or a corn. Many people have foot problems. They are more than annoying. They can actually interfere with your life and your day to day activities. The physical examination performs mostly involved observation and inspection. The patient is observed while standing and sitting as the weight of the patient may accentuates and worsen the deformity. Assess and look for ant rotation of the first digit (big toe) and measures the degree of hallus valgus. This is followed by an assessment of the range of movement either actively or passively at the metatarsophalangeal joint as well as the congruence of metatarsophalangeal joint by passively corrected the deformity. The gait of the patient as well as the neurovascular status of the foot is also need to be assessed. When you fall or turn your ankle, a foot doctor can take a closer look at this area of the body to determine what happened and what can be done to remedy the situation. As soon as you notice that something isn't right and you begin to experience pain, it is time to call and make an appointment. You may need to have x-rays to see where the damage is, but by going to a podiatrist , you are getting an expert opinion on what should be done to correct or protect the feet or ankle. Severe cases may require, along with surgery, cast immobilization and prolonged avoidance of weight-bearing activity. You should know that undergoing surgery for this health problem does not guarantee a cure or even a beneficial health outcome. Bunions, like many other foot conditions, should always be approached from a prevention standpoint, or therapy should be directed at slowing the progression of your deformity. Bunions are generally progressive in nature, brought about by years of abnormal motion and pressure over the MTP joint. Bunions are most often symptoms of faulty foot function, the way we walk, inherited foot type and/or shoe gear aggravation. There are a number of home remedies for hammertoe. An obvious one is changing your shoes and wearing wide ones with resilient soles. Generally, avoid shoes with pointed toes. Mild cases of hammertoe can be remedied with felt pads or corn pads, which can be bought from the drug store. Toe caps, the small padded sleeves that fit around the tip of the toe, may provide relief from hammertoe pain. In case your hammertoe becomes too painful, apply an ice pack several times a day to relieve the swelling and soreness. First of all, what is flat foot, or flat feet? Most people inherit this trait from one or both parents. Someone with flat feet means that their arch has fully collapsed or partially collapsed and their foot rolls inward and their arch touches the ground. When someone with flat feet is standing still, the inside edge of their foot and big toe is slightly off the ground. People with flat feet over-pronate, which means their feet roll inward. Over-pronating puts stress on the tendons and ligaments of the ankle. Why do people with flat feet over-pronate? Hammer, claw, and mallet toes are toes that do not have the right shape. They may look odd or may hurt, or both. The muscles that control your toes get out of balance and cause the toe to bend into an odd position at one or more joints. These toe problems almost always happen in the four smaller toes, not the big toe. Your doctor will diagnose your toe problem by looking at your toes and asking you questions about your symptoms. People rarely need tests. Your doctor may suggest an X-ray to look at the bone structure, especially if you are thinking about having surgery.