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"My toe has a mind of its own!" As podiatrists, we have heard this many, many a time! Why would a perfectly straight toe decide to take off in another direction? A cross over toe is a toe that had lost the stabilizing network of ligaments that keep the toe straight. What that means is that if any of these ligaments holding the toe straight are be strained or torn, the toe will deviate from its normal position. How does this happen?
Well, the easiest thing to do is to look at your foot. Do you have a bunion? This is the bump on the side of the big toe joint. The most common crossed over toe is the toe next to the big toe (the second digit). It usually crosses over the big toe when you have a bunion. The bunion pretty much forces the second toe to move out of the way, and that "way" is usually up and over! You may find a toe in this position for a long time will become less flexible, and as crosses over, becomes a hammertoe at the same time! Yes, a crossed over toe is a hammertoe as well (where the toe bends down at the joint)! The pressure of the shoe can cause pain over time if the abnormal position of the toe doesn’t cause you pain first!
Another reason a toe may cross over is the result of stubbing, jamming or some other traumatic occurrence to the toe. The ligaments supporting the toe again get torn or stretched out and over time you will find your toe drifting off in another direction.
How do you fix it? Taping the toe down and over rarely works unless you see your podiatrist the day the trauma occurred and the podiatrist initiates this taping treatment and puts you non-weight bearing that day and you are willing to go through 4-6 weeks of this treatment beginning that day. Even then it is not a sure thing. Most patients, we can tell you from experience, are willing to take the chance that nothing will happen to their toe to avoid that sort of high maintenance therapy.
Because the deviation happens so gradually, by the time you notice that your toe is moving away from its usual position, you are out of luck. If your cross over is because that bunion made it move, then not only are you looking at surgery to get the toe back in place, you are looking at surgery to correct the bunion since the toe won’t stay down with the big toe shoving it back up!
Realistically, the longer you wait to have your toe evaluated, the harder it is to treat. Remember the toe is not only deviating upward, it is also deviating over. This is a toe that is wayward in two directions, making it much more challenging to fix. The longer you wait, the stiffer and "set in its ways" it gets and the harder it is to put it back in its place, even with surgery.
Foot and ankle athletic injuries are very common. We specialize in sports medicine getting you back to sports as soon as possible. The most common foot and ankle sports injuries are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis, anterior tibial tendonitis, neuromas, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ankle instability, and metatarsalgia. Gait problems can also cause ileotibial band syndrome, patella tendonitis, back pain, hip pain and piriformis syndrome. Medications, injections, splinting, orthotics and/or physical therapy are often quite helpful in treating most injuries. Our doctors will discuss your injury and prescribe a course of treatment that will return you to sport stronger than when you came into the office.
Fall down, go boom? Foot and ankle trauma is extremely common no matter how young or old you are. Fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, sprain and strains, puncture wounds and toenail trauma occurs every day. Our physicians can help put you back together so that you can recover from your accident as fast as possible. Don't wait too long to seek medical advice after your accident or injury. Delaying treatment often only worsens the problem!
Foot pain related to congenital and acquired foot and ankle deformities is extremely prevalent in our society. Pain can be from flat feet or a high arched foot and associated gait problems; or be from a progressive deformity like a bunion or a hammertoe. Our doctors are extensively trained to diagnose and treat the underlying deformity to help you function at your best. We want to prevent your problems from getting worse, no matter what you inherited from your family! God may have had a sense of humor when he created your feet, but we will work with you to optimize your biomechanical function and aesthetics! No one should suffer from ugly, painful feet!
Neurological foot and ankle issues can be a burning or shooting pain, numbness, weakness or just a "pins and needles" sensation. Nerve can be affected by compression at the spine level, knee level, ankle level or in your foot. Neuropathy can be a subtle nerve degeneration from aging, diabetes, and a myriad of other causes. Do not assume your nerve issues will go away or that nothing can be done. A proper diagnosis can lead to alleviation of your nerve troubles.
Healthy Steps Shoe Store and Spa welcomes patients and their families as well as the surrounding communities of Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville and beyond to help them with their therapeutic shoe gear needs. A certified pedorthotist is always available by appointment for consultation, and safe pedicures by a licensed medical nail technician highlight your spa experience. An extensive array of prefabricated and custom orthotics as well as many foot care essentials are also readily available to compliment your shoe and sandal purchases. We carry a wide variety of comfort shoe gear that are as pretty as they are comfortable.