Hammertoe is a condition that results in the bending of one or more toes. Left untreated, hammertoes can cause pain and discomfort. Luckily there are some things you can do at home to help alleviate the pain. So, if you're looking for ways to treat your hammertoe at home, read on for some tips!
If you're dealing with hammertoe pain, there are a few things you can do at home to help ease the discomfort.
- Soak your feet
Soak your feet in warm Epsom salt water for 10-15 minutes a couple times a day. We recommend using Mod Pod Relax. This lemongrass infused Epsom salt soak will help reduce inflammation and relax the muscles and tendons around the affected toe.
- Change shoe gear
The simplest solutions can often be the most effective. Hammertoes can often run against the top of your shoes, causing blisters, callouses and sometimes even wounds. You want to wear shoes with a wider toe box to give your toes a little more wiggle room. New Balance and Hoka are good brands with a wider toe box, but as long as your foot fits comfortably, the brand doesn’t matter!
- Wearing toe splints
This sounds a lot scarier than it is. There are small over-the-counter items, such as a hammertoe crest pad or budin splint, that will help straighten out your toes. These devices will easily fit into your shoes for all-day wear.
Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, are a great way to reduce pain and inflammation. You can also use topical anti-inflammatories, such as Mod Pod Soothe. Soothe is a pain-relieving stick that contains 1000mg of CBD, arnica, eucalyptus, and lavender oils. This ultra-potent combination will reduce pain for a minimum of 4 hours. If you want effective pain relief without the CBD, Mod Pod Recover is a great option!
We hope these tips help you find relief from your symptoms and allow you to get back to your everyday life. If your pain persists or worsens after trying these methods, please don’t hesitate to call us at 859-264-1141 or schedule an appointment online with our team. We would be happy to help diagnose and treat your hammertoe condition.