Almost eighty percent of the American population is challenged with foot pain problems. It’s NOT OK for your feet to hurt, and there ARE lots of foot fitness exercises you can do to help stretch, strengthen and help keep your feet healthy. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Even a quick 5-15 minutes a couple of days a week with some targeted foot fitness exercises, and you can be well on your way to getting relief from foot pain problems. Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow. Children should have their shoes properly fitted on a regular basis, as their feet can often outgrow their shoes rapidly. A bunion is a very visible bump in the big toe joint. The bump is actually a protruding bone heading towards the inside of the foot. If the movement goes on, overlapping of toes might happen. There is also Tailor's bunion or bunionette with similar manifestation, but the toe involve is the small one. There is swelling, inflammation, and soreness when one has a bunion. I know that there are many reasons for hammer toes, small shoes being one of them. But still, I find some troubling resemblances and I am starting to wonder if there is a relation between hammer toe and DD. There are also exercises you can do at home to give your foot and toes muscles strength. This may help to heal your hammertoe if it is not too bad and requiring surgery. For preventive treatment of hammertoes, you should always buy shoes that do not squeeze your feet. The worst thing you can do for hammertoes, is to buy shoes which have pointed toes. This is only encouraging the condition to worsen. High heels aren't good either. You need to wear shoes that have low heels since high heels put more pressure on the feet and toes. Dr. Laurusonis was conferred his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1983 and has been actively taking care of patients since completing his Internal Medicine residency in 1987 in the Garden State of New Jersey. Dr. Laurusonis has been licensed in four states but ultimately chose to permanently relocate to Georgia with his family and begin a private practice. Through his extensive experience in Internal Medicine, as well as in Emergency Rooms throughout the United States, Dr. Laurusonis saw how traditional Emergency Rooms were often overwhelmed by patients suffering medical conditions that were urgent but may not need the traditional “Level I Trauma Center”. On a daily basis your feet must get you up and down stairs, across miles of your workplace, drive your car, and balance your body. Your feet are taken for granted and abused regularly, so when something like hammertoe develops, it can put a crimp in your lifestyle. Here’s what your orthopedic doctor wants you to know about hammertoe. What Causes Hammertoe? Place the 'heel tip' on the heel bottom, if you have designed it to get a heel. For this, just insert the heel tip in the hole at the bottom of that heel.