Foot: Hammer Toe


Hammer Toe involves the abnormal pushing up and then curling under of the toes. It often is a result improper shoe fit that restricts movement and can cause deformity. Less often it can be a result of injury, muscle damage or disease.




Signs and symptoms of an Hammer Toe may include:
  • Corns or calluses from rubbing on tip or middle joint of the toe
  • Pain in toe
  • Toe may look like a hammer or curled like a claw
  • Trouble moving the toe, or walking
Self Care

Choosing a proper shoe, avoiding too tight shoes and high heels, will allow enough room for the toes to move freely and reduce pain.

Supports

Certain pads, cushions or other advanced support may help to minimize symptoms related to Hammer Toe.

Surgery

When conservative treatments fail, surgery may be recommended depending on the severity of the problem. Surgical intervention is aimed at correcting deformity, thereby allowing the toe to straighten.