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Richmond Woman Gets Hammertoe from High Heels

A woman from Richmond, Virginia named Terri Johnson loved high heels for their trendiness and the confidence they gave her. She looked up to the girls from Sex in the City, and constantly bought heels to mimic their lifestyle. However, one day she began experiencing a terrible pain in one of her feet. She thought it was plantar fasciitis, but when she went to a doctor she was informed that it was a hammertoe and that she would have to stop wearing heels.

Johnson was reluctant to give up the shoes she loved, but eventually she switched to sneakers. Although she was self-conscious about wearing unfashionable shoes around the office at first she now does it as a regular habit. She joined a gym and started running, and thanks to exercise and physical therapy her deformed toe has become healthy again. She still wears heels every once in a while, but can’t keep them on for too long or her feet will cramp up.

Hammertoes can be excruciating to walk on, but they’re usually preventable. If you have this deformity, talk to podiatrist Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can help you identify the cause of your hammertoe and work with you to find a solution.



Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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