What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe is a deformity of the toe that results in a curling and downward bend/contracture of the toes. This can be seen at birth, but often develops later on in life. This contracture may result in pain at the tips of the toes or irritation at the top of the toes from rubbing on shoes.
- Downward bending of toes (claw-like toes)
- Corns or calluses noted at the tip or on top of the toes
- Pain when walking
- Decreased mobility of the toes
Treatment for hammertoes may be conservative to decrease on the pain and irritation caused by the deformity. In severe cases surgical intervention may be necessary. Treatment options include:
- Shoe gear modification
- Toe pads
- Custom orthotics
- Surgical correction
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