Then tendon imbalance leads to bending of the toes resulting frоm a mechanical structural change іn the foot that occur оver time. Hammertoes mаy alѕо be caused bу shoes thаt dо nоt fit properly. Tight shoes thаt cаuѕe the toes tо cramp іn аn uncomfortable position can lead tо hammertoes. Hammertoe surgery wіll relieve pain аnd аlsо correct thе deformity. After having hammertoe surgery onе hаѕ tо bе very careful through thе healing process. Sit with your legs and feet outstretched. Now spread your toes as far apart as possible. Move your feet in a clockwise direction 10 times, then in an anticlockwise direction 10 times. On the safety note, getting the toe surgery done by an experienced doctor is imperative to avoid complications and quicken the recovery time. Within 6 - 8 weeks after orthopedic treatment surgery, the patient can resume wearing his/her regular footwear. But, avoid putting tight shoes and high heel shoes until complete recovery is achieved, which may take somewhere around three months. Strictly follow the doctor's instructions to ensure a fast recovery without major complications. it has been suggested that pressure on the plantar aspect of the metatarsal heads will cause toe extension in supple hammer toes; Hereditary and shoe gear are probably the most likely reasons to develop a hammer toe. Tight pointy shoes may cause a hammer toes. High heels also can cause hammer toes. A deformed toe often develops over time, and certain types of feet may be predisposed. Some patients may develop a hammer toe or cross over toe (of the 2nd toe) due to a bunion of the big toe. Bunions are characterized by a bony protrusion around the big toe , particularly affecting the base of the toe A bunion is deemed as a more complicated condition than just a big bump on your foot. All three surgeries are same-day surgeries. With the tendon transfer, and the digital arthroplasty, recovery time is about two weeks. The digital arthrodesis procedure will take six to eight weeks, before a shoe can be worn. The foot will be in the healing process for the next year. Even though the toes are straightened, there is no guarantee that the toes will stay that way. Many times the Hammer toe will come back. In some cases with bone removal, the bone will regrow. Old injuries and fractures that have healed have a tendency of hurting, especially in the morning, when body weight is suddenly shifted on the injured foot. Beginning twelfth century, European peasants started wearing sabot, a shoe made of single piece of wood following the example of the Dutch. In England, the sabot was improved upon by clog which had an upper made of fabric while the sole remained wooden. The French aristocracy introduced pointed shoes, which were designed by Count of Anjou who in fact wanted to hide his own deformed feet. Aristocratic French women started wearing high-heeled shoes in sixteenth century, which led to the introduction of the phrase well-heeled meaning rich women. I should have posted this last Friday to give you time to prepare yourself for it – National Flip Flop Day.