Surgery Patients with severe cases of hammertoe may need surgery. If the toe is still flexible, only a simple procedure that releases the tendon may be involved. Such procedures sometimes require only a single stitch and a Band-Aid. If the toe has become rigid, surgery on the bone is necessary, but it can still be performed in the doctor's office. A procedure called PIP arthroplasty involves releasing the ligaments at the joint and removing a small piece of toe bone, which restores the toe to its normal position. The toe is held in this position with a pin for about 3 weeks, and then the pin is removed.
If shoes do require breaking-in, moleskin pads should be placed next to areas on the skin where friction will occur. Shoes purchased for exercise should be specifically designed for a person's preferred sport. The heel area should be strong and supportive (but not too stiff) and the front of the shoe flexible. As soon as the heels show noticeable wear, the shoes or heels should be replaced. If a person insists on wearing high-heeled shoes, the heel should be wedge-shaped. (Even in these cases, the heel height should not be extreme.) People should avoid extreme variation between exercise footwear, street, and dress shoes. Shoes should be changed during the day.
RICE The acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is used to remind people of the four basic elements of immediate treatment for an injured foot. People should get off injured feet as soon as possible (Rest). Ice is particularly important to reduce swelling and promote recovery during the first forty-eight hours. A bag or towel containing ice should be wrapped around the injured area on a repetitive cycle of 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off (Ice). An ace bandage should be lightly wrapped around the area (Compression). The foot should be elevated on several pillows (Elevation).
More often than not small toe pain, may be related to bone fracture or broken bone. You will have to check the alignment of a toe to check, if there are any changes in the alignment. Trauma, caused due to dropping a heavy object on the toes or due to repeated
Achilles Tendonitis pressure or stress on the toes and there is misalignment, it is recommended, that a physician be consulted. In case the bone is broken, it is imperative that the bone is set in its place, else it can impede the bone's ability to heal properly.
Seeing a podiatrist for severe pain is always recommended, but for the average level of foot pain , basic foot care can be a successful solution. Working long days on your feet, hiking on rugged terrain, and abnormal pronation are all prime causes of pain in the feet. Being aware of how you step can help identify potential reasons for certain types of pain as many people experience over or under pronation in how their foot strikes the ground and rolls off the ankle. These kinds of problems can even lead to long term joint problems and should be addressed. About the Author
With the help of X-Rays the picture of the inner area of the foot take to analyze the foot problem but X-Rays could be harmful for your feet if you are doing it very frequently, once in a while isn't a big issue. X-ray help the doctor check whether any of the foot bone is broken, fractured, or any other joint problem that is causing foot pain If the doctor is unable to understand through X-Ray then MRI machines might use to diagnose the problem, MRI machines have magnets and create images on the computer screen.
One of the best home remedies for foot pain is to opt for a massage. A good foot rub, whether you do it yourself or go to a professional reflexologist will help in easing the pain. Massaging the feet with gentle pressure, helps to ease the pain and relaxes sore muscles. One of the best herbal remedies for foot pain is to use a foot rub that contains essential oils. You can also make your own foot rub by mixing two drops of rosemary essential oil and two drops of chamomile oil with two tablespoons of olive oil.
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