Runner With A Hammertoe

I run 35 miles a week and like to compete in 5K and 5 mile races. Unfortunately I developed a condition that is supposedly not from running: a hammertoe. What's the big deal about a toe? Well, the bad toe pushes down a bone in the ball of my foot causing pain during a foot strike. The doctors are working on a customized orthotic for me, but the first version really prevented any real speed in my runs. If you are a runner with a hammertoe, what have you done to address the issue?
ThewRunner ThewRunner
1 Response Sep 24, 2012

I was born with hammer toe in both feet. When I was 12 I had the first one operated on. When I got to high school I joined the cross country team and made varsity my freshman year. That winter I had my second foot operated on. Because I ran almost as soon ad I could after surgery, my recovery was very quick and surprised my doctor. I would suggest an operation if possible. The first bit is hard, but if you have the will to recover and continue running, it it speeds recovery a lot.