Brunch Time (#1628, 1965); sleeveless shift dress with a pattern of butterflies in purple, pink, orange, blue and green. The armholes, hem, belt and front trim were trimmed in orange-threaded lace; the front of the dress had 10 gold buttons down the middle and spaced from the bottom of the neckline to the hem. Accessories included orange pumps, a plastic coffee pot and three plastic “casserole” dishes with lids and a matching handle. Skater’s Waltz (#1629, 1965-1966); long-sleeved pink knit leotard with matching short circle skirt. A light pink “fleecy” collar, matching mittens, hose and a pair of plastic ice skates completed the set.
If you have any of these symptoms, especially the hammer shape, pain or stiffness in a toe or toes, you should consider consulting your physician. Even if you’re not significantly bothered by some of these symptoms, the severity of a hammertoe can become worse over time and should be treated as soon as possible. Up to a point hammertoes can be treated without surgery and should be taken care of before they pass that point. After that, surgery may be the only solution. Your doctor may prescribe exercises to improve the range-of-motion of your toes, such as stretching them and picking up objects such as marbles and handkerchiefs with them.
Surgical treatment of toe deformities may be recommended by your physician if conservative treatment measures fail to relieve your symptoms or if the toes are in a rigid, fixed and immovable position. Surgery to correct toe deformities is performed in a hospital operating room under local anesthesia with regional pain blocks and usually does not require an overnight hospital stay. If some flexibility exists in the toe, your surgeon will make an incision over the deformed toe joint and realign the tendons and ligaments. Pins may be placed to keep the toe in position while healing. The incision will then be closed with sutures and covered with a sterile dressing.
Shoes that narrow toward the toe may make your forefoot look smaller, but they also push the smaller toes into a flexed (bent) position. The toes rub against the shoe, leading to the formation of corns and calluses, which further aggravate the condition. A higher heel forces the foot down and squishes the toes against the shoe, increasing the pressure and the bend in the toe. Eventually, the toe muscles become unable to straighten the toe, even when there is no confining shoe. How well surgery works depends on what type of surgery you have, how experienced your surgeon is, and how badly your toes are affected.
If a hammertoe is severe and unresponsive to noninvasive treatment, causing significant pain or deformity, surgery may be an effective treatment option. It’s important to note the possibility of hammertoe recurrence after surgery, which may not be completely successful in returning the toe to a normal position. Tension in the toe joint may be relieved by severing supporting tendons, which straightens the toe. This technique is often used in treating flexible hammertoes, while the phalangeal head resection and joint fusion described below are reserved for fixed hammertoe. Suggestions to reduce the wear high-heeled shoes to the problems caused by the body, and experts put forward proposals as follows.