Orthotic shoe devices are made of rubber, plastic, or other molded
material and are inserted into the shoe. Orthotics for the
Achilles tendon stabilize the arch and raise the heel so that there is less pull
on the tendon.
Orthotics can usually be found at drugstores or sporting goods
stores. Ask your health professional how to use one. Custom-made devices,
available by prescription, may fit better and be more effective in controlling
pain. But they can be expensive, and most insurance companies do not cover
A toe stuck in an upside-down "V" is probably a hammertoe.
Some symptoms of a hammertoe include:
Putting on a shoe hurts the top of the bent toe.
Corns form on the top of the toe joint.
The toe joint swells and takes on an angry red color.
It's hard to move the toe joint -- and it hurts when you try.
The ball of the foot under the bent toe hurts.