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Hammertoes
 
 
 


 
Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third, fourth and fifth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery. People with hammertoe may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.

Some of the causes of painful hammertoe include improperly fitting shoes, small toe boxed shoes and muscle imbalance where the toes curl so you can get your balance .

Treatment for the condition typically involves shoes with soft, roomy toe boxes and toe exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles. Commercially available straps, cushions or non-medicated corn pads may also relieve symptoms.

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