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Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

Exercises for Hammertoe

A hammertoe is when there is a deformity of the middle joint of a toe and the toe bends up or down abnormally, resembling a hammer. Hammertoe typically happens to the second, third, or fourth toes, but can also occur on the pinky toe. This condition happens from an imbalance in muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the middle joint of the toe. It can be caused by wearing shoes that do not have enough room in the toe box, foot type and structure, or injury to the foot. A hammertoe can become painful, making it difficult to walk, and it may be hard to find shoes to comfortably accommodate the abnormality. Depending on the severity of the hammertoe, stretching and strengthening exercises can help straighten the toe and minimize discomfort. Such exercises include towel toe curls, where one sits in a chair with their feet flat on a towel placed on the floor. One then can curl their toes and try to scrunch up the towel followed by extending the toes to push the scrunched towel forward. It is suggested that this be done 10 times and three times a day. Another exercise is sitting on the edge of a chair or a bed, placing the affected leg on the opposite knee, and bending the toes toward the body and then away from the body. Each position should be held for 30 to 40 seconds, and three to five sets should be done three times a day. If you are having a problem with hammertoe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide additional exercises and assess the proper treatment for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact David Mansky, DPM of Mansky Podiatry. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hastings, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Ways to Reduce Pain From Flat Feet

When you stand, walk, or run, the body distributes your weight through the arches of the foot. If your arches are flat, the pressure is then transferred to the bones, ligaments, and muscles, which can cause pain. Luckily, having flat feet doesn’t always cause serious foot problems, thanks to shoes or insoles that provide proper arch support. Experts recommend a number of ways to reduce the painful effects of having flat feet. First, avoid wearing flats, such as flip flops or sandals, that offer little or no arch support. Next, try to find shoes that offer just the right amount of arch support, as too much or too little can contribute to pain. Other tips include wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity you are doing, avoiding standing for long periods, and considering adding inserts to your already existing shoes. Much success has been found by wearing custom orthotics that are molded especially for your feet. For more information about orthotics for flat feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact David Mansky, DPM from Mansky Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hastings, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:00

Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

Active children and young teenagers may develop Sever’s disease. This is a foot condition that can affect children who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It happens when there is a growth spurt, and the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding muscles and tendons. Many children who experience Sever’s disease feel a pulling sensation where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel. This may lead to walking on tiptoes, and it can be difficult to run and jump. The child may feel better when the activity that caused the condition is temporarily stopped. Additionally, it can be beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly and to frequently elevate the affected foot. If you see your child limping, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose Sever’s disease and offer the correct treatment options.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see David Mansky, DPM from Mansky Podiatry. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hastings, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

Is It a Bunion or Sesamoiditis?

Bunions are a common affliction of the foot in which the bones in the feet are misaligned, resulting in a bony bulge at the base of the big toe. The underlying causes of bunion might be genetic or related to some kind of injury to the big toe. It is common for some individuals with bunions to possibly mistake their bunion for another condition of the foot, such as sesamoiditis. However, the two conditions are importantly different. Although both bunions and sesamoiditis can affect the big toe, sesamoiditis is characterized by the inflammation of the two sesamoid bones that float below the big toe joint. This inflammation can occur as a result of overuse. Bunions, by contrast, are primarily characterized by the bony bulge at the sides of the big toes. If you are someone who believes that they may have bunions or a related condition, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist to make an appointment. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact David Mansky, DPM of Mansky Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hastings, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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