Hammer toe deformity may be a sign of hidden diabetes, which requires emergency treatment, as established researchers from Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. Also, this disorder may indicate neurological problems.
According to Indian investigators, though hammer toe deformity does not cause any pain, people with this disorder experience some discomfort when walking. Moreover, this deformation should not be ignored, especially if it develops after 20 years. One of the main causes of the defect at this age can be rheumatoid arthritis, but the disorder is often found among diabetics.
According to the researchers, because diabetes often affects the feet of their victims, diabetics almost to a man faced with hammer toe deformity in a given period of time. At the same time, women are subject to the development of this defect is 5 times more than men. Very often it is observed after 70 and 80 years. The defect is divided into two types - rigid and flexible - depending on the mobility of the finger joints.
When the rigidity of this type of deformation is very painful, and its victims need medical assistance. Doctors usually offer a combination of physical therapy, painkillers and advice on proper care of the foot. If this does not give the desired effects, the patient can be operated on, and the surgeon will reduce the length of the finger bones at the base, to enable him to stand up straight again. However, it can be recommended only in the most severe cases.