Many of us have done it – worn shoes that don’t quite fit properly and hurt. But we love these shoes so we continue wearing them and put up with the discomfort until our toes become damaged.
Here are just a few of the toe problems that can be caused by wearing shoes and boots that don’t fit well:
Toenail fungus. Your feet need to breathe and shoes that are too tight keep moisture and heat trapped. This is the perfect recipe for the development of fungal nail.
Ingrown toenails. When the nail digs into the skin or tissue on its side because of shoes that are too tight or too short, an ingrown toenail can develop with pain, swelling and even infection.
Bunions. There are many causes of bunions including heredity, but some people get bunions by wearing shoes that are too tight. The excessive pressure on the big toe pushes it up against the other toes, enlarging the joint and causing swelling and pain.
Blisters. A blister may form when a tight shoe repeatedly rubs against a spot on the skin. The body fights back against the pressure by forming a painful fluid-filled sac or blister.
Hammertoes. When the shoes are too short, you have to curl up your toes to wear them. A painful and stiff hammertoe resembles a claw and is caused by too much pressure on the toe muscles and nerves.
Corns and calluses. When the toes are subjected to excessive friction from rubbing against each other or against shoes, corns or calluses can form. These thickened skin areas are the skin’s way of protecting itself.
If you experience any of these problems from wearing poorly-fitting footwear, please come see us at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle. We’ll give your feet a complete exam and diagnose and treat any toe problems that we find. Many of these conditions won’t go away without professional foot care.
Wear the Right, Well-Fitting Shoes To Avoid Toe Problems
- Have your feet measured each time you shop – our feet grow as we age.
- Choose shoe materials that breathe including leather, suede and canvas to keep air circulating.
- Look for a rounded front instead of a pointed style. This will help your toes relax and will give them enough wiggle room.
- Wear high heels only for a minimal amount of time.
- Select the right athletic shoe for your activity. Running shoes should be well-cushioned to direct pressure from the ground.
We Can Help Resolve Any Painful Toe Problems
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat any toe problem or any other foot or ankle injury or condition. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Keep on your toes with comfortable, well-fitting shoes and boots!