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Individuals who are beginning to develop a hammer toe may want to consider using a splint or orthotic to prevent the deformity from advancing. However, for people with severe hammer toe, an operation may be the only option. 

Traditional hammer toe surgery involves implanting a pin through the bones of the toe to straighten out the deformity, leaving patients with a piece of metal sticking out of the tip of their toe.

Duke Medicine orthopaedic surgeon Selene Parekh developed a device called SmartToe, which is implanted completely inside the bone. The technique is similar to traditional methods, but does not leave the patient to deal a pin poking out of the tip of their toe.

Parekh said that while surgery is no picnic, neither is a progressive foot condition.

“After taking care of so many patients, one thing I can say is if your foot and ankle hurt, you will feel miserable,” said Parekh. “It really is worth taking care of your feet to prevent any long-term problems.”

The Splayfoot Insole by Alpha Orthotics can be customized by the user to suit unique needs. The orthotics include a pad that can be moved, and is meant to redistribute pressure on the foot.

Such devices may be useful for those with forming hammer toes, and may also help individuals heal properly following surgery.  

What comes first obesity or foot problems like bunions
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What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions?

Tiburon, CA – April 27, 2011– What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions? According to Alpha Orthotics Corp., studies indicate that either foot disorders or obesity may come first. Lower Extremity Review sites a couple of recent studies that find foo t disorders, such as bunions (Hallux valgus), …

Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain
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Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain

The combination of a fitted foot splint and physical therapy exercises have been shown to reduce foot pain

Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice
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Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice

Flip flops provide little to no arch support, causing foot problems for many

Moisturizing exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones
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Moisturizing, exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones

Home-based treatments can keep your feet healthy and save money

Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems
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Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems

If you have bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches, you may have given up hope for walking comfortably.

AAOS encourages people to get moving even in the face of foot pain
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AAOS encourages people to get moving – even in the face of foot pain

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has launched its Get Up! Get Out! and Get Moving! campaign to encourage people to get off the couch this summer and participate in active lifestyles.

Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction
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Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction

Conditions like bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches often affect female athletes in more ways than just through foot pain.

How to keep foot problems at bay in old age
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How to keep foot problems at bay in old age

As we age, our bodies are no longer able to deal with everyday stressors as effectively as they once were.

Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems
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Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems

Women with bunions or hammer toe are generally advised to steer clear of high heels with narrow toe boxes, as they pack a double-whammy of foot pain by squishing the forefoot into an unnaturally compact position.