Si quiere leer este sitio de web en EspaƱol, por favor cambiar el lenguaje en la esquina superior derecha.

Exercises to Improve Hammertoes

Hammertoes is the bending or contracture of one or two joints of the toes. It occurs when the muscles of the toes are compacted, sometimes due to wearing the wrong footwear. Normal toes extend forward will a natural somewhat downward curvature. However, hammertoes cause the toes to bend at the middle joint, often on the second, third, fourth and sometimes the fifth toe. One of the treatment options for hammertoes is exercise, which this article covers in detail.

EXERCISES FOR HAMMERTOES

Exercises are necessary for hammertoes because the condition, which starts as minor deformities, can worsen progressively over time. Initially, hammertoes are flexible and patients can manage the symptoms with noninvasive treatment. If neglected, hammertoes can become stiffer and treatment may require a surgical procedure. The following are hammertoes exercises:

TOE CRUNCH

Crunch is an exercise for abs, but this type of crunch is for the toes. To perform this, the person needs to sit comfortably in a chair and remove any sock on the affect foot. Place a towel on the floor and place the upper half of the foot on the towel. Keep the heel still on the ground and use the toes to crunch up the towel. Release the toes and repeat the process for about 10 to 12 times.

TAPS

Tapping exercises can take the same position as for toe crunches. Keeping the feet base, extend the big toe down facing the floor and extend the rest of the toes up in the air. Retain this position and tap the floor lightly with the toes. Perform 10 to 12 taps before changing the toe placement, such that the big toe points upward and the other toes face down, then repeat the taps.

MANUAL STRETCH

Using a towel, the person can stretch their toes to lengthen the contracted muscles. To do this, take a sit on the floor with the legs stretched out in front. Wrap a towel around the toes and pull it backward. Hold it for 20 to 30 seconds. It is also possible to pull the toes back using hands.

TOLL ROLLS

Toe rolls is like tapping fingers from side to side. Stand on a flat surface barefooted. Raise every toe off the ground at the same time and roll them individually from the fifth toe to the big toe. Raise them and repeat the exercise 10 to 12 times before changing directions.

SQUEEZE

This exercise can be done in a seated position. Put the affected foot over the thigh in a comfortable position. Slide fingers in between the toes and squeeze them together, pinching the fingers. Release them and repeat the process 10 to 12 times. If it is hard to do it with every toe, begin with one finger between two toes and continue from there.

FLOOR GRIP

The floor grip exercise addresses the pads on the toes. Standing barefooted, stretch out the toes to straighten them and push the toe pads against the floor. The straightening and pressing routine helps to rearrange the bones in the hammertoe.

FINAL NOTE

Aside from performing the routine exercises, wearing properly fitting footwear is also essential. If exercises do you seem to be working for hammertoes, ensure you contact your podiatrist for an appointment.

Get more information here: https://footdoctorinsanjose.com or call Leonard Greenwald, D.P.M. at (408) 827-9483

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Sports Injuries That Affect the Feet

Your feet support the full weight of your body and are prone to many types of sports injuries. These injuries can be very painful and debilitating, taking you off the field or court and negatively impacting your training.

How to Prevent Bunion Pain

A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of your foot, at the base of your big toe, caused by bones in your foot being out of alignment. Bunions can result in discomfort, and, if untreated, can develop into more serious conditions.

Why Is My Toenail Yellow and Crumbly?

Foot problems can affect how your feet look and feel, as well as your ability to stand and walk. Toenails that are dry and crumbly are not only unattractive, but can cause bothersome symptoms and may require professional treatment. Read on to learn more.

Here's How Custom Orthotics Can Help Flat Feet

With flat feet, your soles don’t have the typical curve on the underside, allowing the entire bottom surface to touch the ground. This can cause knee and ankle pain. Learn how custom orthotics can help.

What Every Diabetic Should Know About Foot Care

Diabetes can cause damage to your nerves which can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. You can develop cuts, blisters, and sores that worsen without you knowing. If you’re diabetic, learn how best to take care of your feet here.

Heel Pain: 5 Common Causes

Your feet are made up of a complex system of small bones, tendons, and ligaments that bear the weight of your body and flex in complex ways, allowing you to move. Learn about the causes of heel pain and what you can do about it.