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Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth 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 on the top of the middle joint of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.

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.

If conservative care fails, then surgical removal of the bone will eliminate the symptoms and problems.

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