There are special shoes with room at the toes - expensive, but if she doesn't want to, or can't, have surgery. . . .
In google or your search engine, put "shoes for hammertoes," and you get numerous links to companies that sell the shoes. Most towns have some kind of store for special shoes, or, you can ask a podiatrist.
For what it's worth to anyone, I did have several very pronounced hammer toes. When I finally had bunion surgery the surgeon also 'released' the tendons in those toes, thereby allowing the toes to lie much more naturally.
It added no time to the overall healing process and was very simple. The toes aren't totally straight but they are much flatter, thus much less prone to problems. If you're considering any kind of foot surgery I'd ask about tacking this procedure on - you might as well solve two problems as one :)
The Birkenstocks are a good suggestion, too. I'd forgotten about them!
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I have a hammer toe and it had a corn growing on it and so I went to a Podiartist and he said the only way to solve the problem for good is to have surgery to straightes the toe. I said no I will deal with the corns and when and if it gets bad again I will return. He kept scraping it and now I have so medication to put on it. I had to go to a Medicine Shop for the potion. Good Luck with your mom. I am 61.
I don't have any great suggestions other than that she see a good podiatrist who might be able to make some non-surgical suggestions. I know how hard it is to find comfortable shoes for "misshapen" feet, as I have them, too. Generally, I've found that a lace up shoe is more likely to fit well as you can adjust the fit. Grasshoppers make a lace up that's leather, so less clunky and heavy than sneakers. Unfortunately, every foot is so different that there's a LOT of trial and error involved. If she finds something she likes make sure she gets at least a couple pair of them!
My Mom aged 69 has been strugling with foot issues. The worst is the hammer toe which is making it hard for her to get shoes that do not hurt her or cause blisters. Any help or advice will be appreciated. Thanks,Belle
any shoe sugestuions too and she is not a candidate for surgery.
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