It is also important for one who has hammer toes to remember that he must not try to treat or remove corns by himself. If open cuts result from attempts at removing these, infection can become possible. People who suffer from diabetes or conditions that lead to poor circulation in the areas of the feet should be especially cautious. Hammer Toes Surgery The procedure to correct a hammer toe or mallet toe can be done in the office or in an outpatient center using local anesthetic. Through a small incision, the bone deformity is reduced and the tendons are rebalanced around the contracted joint. About four sutures are required. Taylormade has recently been known for making drivers more than they have putters. With their new Ghost Tour Series putters, they have developed a great looking putter, combined with a good feel and sound that will have players rolling putts with confidence. The softer feel of the grooves in the 'Pure Roll' face do an excellent job of starting the ball on it's intended line, producing a nice smooth roll off of the putter's face. Giving the ball good forward spin that all golfers are looking for to keep their putts smooth and on line. Hammertoe, claw toe, and mallet toe develop slowly over years, and are most often caused by wearing tight footwear or high heels. Shoes that force the toes to stay in a bent position for too long cause the muscles to tighten and the tendons to contract. Eventually, the toe muscles cannot straighten the toe, even with shoes off. These toe deformities may also be inherited, or occur due to complications from other conditions, such as nerve damage from diabetes or spinal cord injuries. Symptoms Tendon imbalance. When the foot cannot function normally, the tendons may stretch or tighten to compensate and lead to toe deformities. Improperly healed breaks can also be the cause of an overlap. The complications include blistering and pain in the toe that is taking the increased pressure. A toe can be re-broken and reset to correct severe cases. But, orthotics and non-surgical approaches are the common recommendation. Remember that the discomfort is due to friction. Anything that causes increased friction will worsen the discomfort. Anything that reduces the friction will reduce the pain and other complications caused by overlapping toes. There are always solutions. Sometimes, you just need to know where to look. There was one innovative idea the designer came up with, though. Everyone applauded the architects' novel idea of placing an actual roadside billboard way up on the roof, ten stories high. This could be rented out to local businesses for a fee. The accountant pounced on the concept of reducing the costly overhead by advertising overhead. Unfortunately, little thought was given as to what could be advertised so nobody thought anything was askew when Virgil walked in with a toilet seat tucked under his arm. Virgil's Tip-Top Toilets rented the sign to promote his award-winning, cutting edge toilet seat. No one had ever seen or sat on one before. As discussed above, hammertoe surgery healing takes place over the course of a month or so. Pain following surgery is usually moderate, and well controlled by pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication. The skin heals within two weeks, although toe swelling can take several months to go down. Most people see long-lasting correction, although a small number can have a partial return of the contracture if the forces acting on the toe are too strong. This can be prevented by using a prescription orthotic shoe insert following surgery to control the foot structure and the forces that cause toe deformity over the long term. Treatment can simply include padding to protect the toe from the shoe or other toes, as well as regular trimming of the corns. Padding comes in all shapes and sizes, but the most effective type seems to be elastic sleeves with gel on the underside. These pads simply slip on over the toes, and act like a sock or sleeve to cover and pad the skin. Trimming of the corns can be done at home with an emery board or pumice stone only. If the corn is thick enough to require a knife, let a podiatrist do the work to avoid a serious injury to the skin. Several different types of arthritis can affect the feet and toes and cause toe joint pain and stiffness, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical damage to the joints over time; it does not usually cause joint pain and stiffness symmetrically in the body. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is caused by an autoimmune disease; the joints of the feet and ankles are usually affected symmetrically, and the smaller joints of the fingers and toes are usually affected before the larger joints of the body.