Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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What are the causes of overlapping toes?
The reason one toe lies on top of another can be hard to pin down if the deformity is present at birth. Some believe it can develop from the baby’s position in the womb; others point out the heredity factor, since it often runs in families.
Other causes of overlapping toes may be the foot arch type you inherit, which can cause toes to move out of position and overlap an adjacent one (as when a bunion develops). Diseases like arthritis can also cause bones in a joint to move out of position, and diabetes and neurological conditions can cause nerve damage that results in a muscle imbalance in the toes.
Then there are injuries, such as a fracture, dislocation, or tendon tear that doesn’t heal correctly. Cramming your toes into tight shoes that force the toes out of position can also make them more likely to lift up and over another toe.
If your overlapping toe is causing discomfort and making it difficult to walk, please set up an appointment with Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona online or by calling (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler, AZ office or (480) 981-1800 in Gilbert.
Can my child wear hand-me-down shoes?
Whether you should use hand-me-down shoes depends on the age of your child. Socks and booties passed from one infant to the next are no problem, and likely the same goes for those soft leather models that they wear when crawling around in the later months. The main thing to watch for during this time is that the socks, bootie, or shoes do not constrict the foot in any way.
However, once your little one begins standing and walking, the requirements are different. Even small bodies put more weight on certain parts of the foot than others, so the shoes become molded to the foot shape. Putting them on another child could mean friction at certain spots that could cause blisters. That said, pairs for special occasions that get little wear could probably be used for the next child, too.
For all your questions about shoes, or to find treatment for a foot problem that concerns you, contact our podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for good guidance and the highest standard of care. Dial 480) 963-9000 to reach our office in Chandler or (480) 981-1800 to schedule at our Gilbert location.