Armed with laptops and GPS tracking software, the men in the Ford Explorer crossed country roads and state highways, cut through farm fields and spongy riverbank, using thrashed trees and flattened vegetation and ripped-off roofs to track the tornado's path. Out in the open ground they found its vivid footprint in the black mud, a herringbone pattern that testified to the violent, switchback winds. And there is a point, Pietrycha knows, where the scientific facts abruptly stop, a stark cliff-edge where something else takes over, some inscrutable plan or perhaps just cruel caprice. Destiny-or dumb luck. Who can say which? While Mike Miller sat on the porch the first two months after the tornado, feet propped on the rail, Debbie often stayed inside the small house, smoking cigarettes until the rooms were hung with a yellow-gray glaze. Blond bangs hung between Debbie's eyes and the world; straight blond hair fell down her back. The big-screen TV that dominated the living room always seemed to be on, and the Miller kids and a few of their friends and Debbie sat on couches and watched. With the curtains closed you couldn't always tell if it was day or night, unless you already knew. While working for a podiatrist I discovered that a lot of people didn't know when to visit a podiatrist, and a lot of the patients coming in to see one had waited much longer than they needed to before seeing one. Pretty much any pain in the foot, whether it be muscular or skeletal, can be effectively treated and possibly alleviated by a podiatrist. Its always important to keep a list of of medications you are taking, your insurance card, and a photo I.D. when you go in to make an office visit. The first step in hammer toe treatment is to wear shoes that fit correctly and don’t cramp your toes. Shoes should have a nice, wide toe box that leaves room for your toes to move-if you can’t wiggle your toes in them, don’t wear them. I would also recommend a period of physical therapy with stretching exercises to make the toe muscles more flexible. Over the counter toe straps, cushions or corn pads are available which may also provide relief. If these treatments don’t produce results, custom orthotic inserts can be created. As a result of the protruding joints rubbing against the shoe, calluses or corns can develop and there is the possibility of deforming as well as pain while walking, which are a direct consequence of Hammer toes. When you indulge in physical activities with weight upon your feet, you can experience pain and difficulty in walking, also, it means that trying out other footwear would pose a hindrance because of the deformity of the foot. You are better off with conservative treatments and other non surgical methods to cure the hammer foot, such as exercises and stretching. Surgery is only recommended in extreme cases where there's no way out.