Baseball Players Need to be Weary of Hammertoes
Hammertoes happen to a number of people, but baseball players need to be extra careful due to the type of footwear they wear. This condition occurs when the middle joint of the toe bends into a fixed state. The toe will be able to bend slightly at first but will eventually become stuck in the bent location if proper counter measures are not taken. Baseball players in particular wear cleats, which are special shoes designed to help them gain extra traction in the grass. The issue happens when these shoes cause pressure in the front of the foot when they are not the correct fit. This condition can seem minor at first, but can cause significant issues with mobility, thereby seriously compromising a professional baseball player’s career.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Utilizing cleats or shoes that fit correctly and which allow the joint of the toe to be free from unnecessary pressure.
- Physical therapy may help to ease pressure on the joints and the tendons in an effort to stop further degradation of the toe joint.
- Surgical procedures may be required to help tendons straighten when the toe joint becomes fixed in one location. This may involve cutting into the tendons to allow the joint to straighten in a manner where it won’t bend again in the same fashion.
- Surgical procedures may also be required to overhaul the bone of the joint by repairing the joints themselves through fusion or restructuring.
Professional athletes such as baseball players may be concerned about winning games, but they must first treat their feet with care to be able to do so. Now is the time to contact us for unsurpassed care and treatment plans to ensure this condition does not take you out of the game. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, can gauge the level of treatment your feet need to provide the best possible outcome! Make an appointment with us today by calling our office at 504-302-1586 and treat your feet right.