Today, I went back to see the podiatrist to ask her about the dystonic toe-curling that I have been experiencing.
I took with me copies of the two Parkinson’s UK information sheets that I mentioned before (dystonia and feet). She seemed to find them quite interesting; in fact, she asked if she could keep them. Of course, I said yes (I’d printed them specifically for the appointment).
However, she didn’t prescribe a toe prop or a toe splint. These devices are both made of silicon and are used to support or straighten the toes. My podiatrist told me that she was reluctant to give me either of these, as I am still relatively young and fit, and she wanted to try to correct my problem rather than just ease it (but she’s reserving toe props for a second attempt).
Instead, she gave me a pair of 3/4 length insoles with a metatarsal dome. This dome, which sits just behind the ball of my foot, is intended to encourage my toes to spread out. It feels very strange. I’m to wear them (both feet) for short periods initially, and build up the time I’m using them until I’m wearing them pretty much all day.