Hammertoes

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

What are Hammertoes?

A hammertoe is a deformity that can occur from a number of causes.  It is so called, because the toe(s) resemble a hammer.  They are permanently bent at the joints, rather than lying normally.

While this deformity can occur on any toe, it is most common on the second, third or fourth toe and affects the joint closest to the end of the toe.

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A similar condition is mallet toe, which affects the upper joint, closest to … Read the Full Article

Charcot Foot

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

What is Charcot Foot?

The term “Charcot Foot” may be used to describe Charcot arthropathy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.  In either case, it is a deformity characterized by very high arches, hammertoes and a lack of muscle strength in the foot.  The severity of the deformity varies depending on the stage of the condition.  

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of Charcot Foot?

In the early stages, there may be mild swelling, pain or redness.  The skin tends to feel hotter … Read the Full Article