What are hammertoes?

Hammertoes can be identified by an abnormal bend in the middle joint of the toe. This abnormal bending can lead to added pressure on the toe when wearing shoes. It can also cause pain or discomfort when walking or running. Because hammertoes typically worsen overtime and become increasingly more rigid, it’s recommended that you seek the help of a podiatrist for treatment options if you believe you’re experiencing the symptoms of this deformity.

What are signs & symptoms of Hammertoes?

  • Visible bend in the toe joint
  • Pain or discomfort when walking or wearing shoes
  • Calluses or blisters on the affected toe
  • Difficulty moving the toe.

Hammertoes FAQ

Hammertoes can result from a muscle imbalance in the toes, often exacerbated by wearing tight, narrow shoes that force the toes into a bent position.

Yes, hammertoes can be painful, especially when walking or wearing shoes, as the bent toe can rub against the shoe, leading to irritation, blisters, or calluses.

In early stages, hammertoes may be managed with non-surgical treatments like orthotic devices, exercises, and appropriate footwear. However, surgery may be necessary for severe or rigid hammertoes.

Treatment options include wearing roomier, comfortable shoes, custom orthotics, toe exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and, in some cases, surgical intervention to correct the toe’s position.

Without proper treatment, hammertoes can become more rigid and painful, potentially leading to more serious complications.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.