Basanta Kumar Singha Roy is planning to scale the Neelkanth peak of the Garhwal Himalayas sometime this August. This will be his first time mountain climbing again after a failed expedition to the top of Dhaulagiri last year, which ended in disaster when his oxygen canister sprung a leak. While his friend rushed to their camp to get help, Roy was left alone on the mountain in freezing conditions. After he finally got to the hospital doctors had to amputate several of his toes, including a hammertoe on his right foot.

Fortunately Roy wasn’t too daunted by his loss. He has been making preparations for his trip to the Himlayas since the Dhaulagiri incident, and now he’s ready to stage his triumphant return to mountaineering. “Making a comeback was not that tough, because mountaineering has been a passion all my life and I owe it to my family because of their full support,” he said.

Hammertoes can be debilitating, but Roy’s case shows that it’s possible to make a full recovery from them. If you find yourself with this foot deformity, visit Dr. Robert J. Kaplan of Twin Rivers Podiatry Easton. Our doctor can determine whether your condition is in fact a hammertoe and do everything in her power to treat you.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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