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How do I stop my shoe from hurting my hammertoe?

Tight shoes or high heels may contribute to excess pressure on a hammertoe and the resulting pain one experiences because of that pressure. Additionally, tight shoes or high heels often contribute to the formation of a corn, which is a thick skin that develops on pressure points, most commonly on, and between, the toes. And the corn itself often becomes painful. So, reducing the pressure produced from the shoe will also likely reduce at least some of the pain involved with a hammertoe and/or a corn.

Make sure that you wear shoes that fit your feet properly. Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping—the shoe should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk. In fact, you shouldn’t experience any uncomfortable rubbing or chafing anywhere on your feet. The ball of your foot should fit comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. Walk around a bit in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. And remember: its’ never a good idea to buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch out.

If you think you may have a hammertoe, contact us to set up an appointment with Dr. Bembynista, who will evaluate your toe and make a recommendation for treatment, if necessary.

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