pain and toenail disorders are just a few of the foot conditions that podiatrist see in their clinic. Although most toe conditions might only cause occasional pain and discomfort, serious toe disorders can lead to chronic pain and even serious infections.
Causes of Toe Disorders
- Toe conditions are commonly seen in the elderly, diabetics and athletes. This can also be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes and poor hygiene.
- Hammertoes can be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
- Ingrown toenails can be the result of improper toenail trimming.
- Broken toes can be caused by a sports injury, accident or fall.
A podiatrist may recommend the use of advance imaging technologies (X-rays, MRI and CT scan) if a broken toe is suspected. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with toe disorders and foot injuries.
Common Toe Disorders
Ingrown toenail – this happens when the edges of the toenail grown inward. Symptoms include pain, tenderness and swelling in the affected toe.
Hammertoes is a foot deformity caused by the abnormal bending of the toes. This results to a hammer-like shape. Pain can be felt due to the toes pressing against each other.
Broken toe – this is caused by an accident or sports injury. However, these accidents are more likely to result in a sprained toe.
Non-surgical Treatments for Toe Disorders
A variety of non-surgical treatments are available for toe disorders. This include home remedies for ingrown toe nails and over the counter medications for toe infections.
Non-surgical options for hammertoe sufferers include slings and tapes. This immobilizes the toe and prevents it from rubbing against the shoes. A podiatrist may also recommend special footwear that adjusts to the foot deformity. However, this treatments are not cure but is only taken to reduce discomfort in the feet.
An ingrown toenail can cause pain and discomfort making simple activities such as walking difficult. Simple remedies include soaking the ingrown toenail in warm water.
Broken toes have the ability to heal itself even without surgery. However, it is advised that patients wear protective cast while the toe heals. At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people with toe conditions. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.