There are several reasons as to why toes may overlap. These include such conditions as hammertoe, bunions, and clinodactyly. Many individuals are at least relatively familiar with bunions and hammertoe, but clinodactyly is less known, which is somewhat odd since roughly 10 percent of the general population has the condition in a finger or toe. Of course, many cases are not serious enough to need medical intervention and do not affect daily activities, so perhaps that is not as odd as it might initially seem.
Regardless as to the reason why a toe overlaps, you will likely want to have the problem addressed. Fortunately, McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group provides care for many foot and ankle issues and can offer you the overlapping toe treatment you need. Now, when you come see us, we will start by evaluating the condition. This assessment will help us understand the root cause of the issue and create an appropriate treatment plan for you.
Not all cases are the same, so it is important for our medical professionals to talk with you, evaluate your foot, and then come to an accurate diagnosis. The nature of your unique situation (severity, root cause, other foot issues, etc.) will determine the course of treatment, but some options we might start with include shoe modifications, adhesive taping or binding, and stretching. Given the progressive nature of the usual causes of overlapping toes, it is not especially likely they will completely resolve the problem, but they might be worth trying.
More likely, surgical intervention will be required. Corrective procedures often entail releasing tendons and using pins to keep toes in a proper position. If surgery is our recommended course of action, we will discuss the possible procedures with you ahead of time. This will allow you to know what you can expect with regards to the procedure and recovery period.
No matter the root cause, we will provide the overlapping toe treatment you need here at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. Our Carmichael, CA practice is centered on providing effective foot and ankle care to resolve painful issues and restore your ability to perform favorite activities. Contact us by calling (916) 961-3434 for more information or to schedule a visit. Remember, you can also request your appointment online right now!