Hammertoe is a condition where the middle of the toe bends upward. Joints at the end
or in the middle of the toe may be affected as well, causing the toe to contract and curl
into the shape of a hammer. Hammertoes vary in severity and in the number of
Anyone can get hammertoes,
but the most common causes
are related to faulty foot biomechanics (flat feet or high arched feet), a muscle imbalance, tight fitting footwear, injury, arthritis and diabetes.
What are the signs and symptoms?
• A hammer/claw looking toe
• Difficulty wearing shoes
• Toe stiffness
• Pain & difficulty moving your toe
• Painful corns and blisters on
the top of your toes and feet
Before starting treatment,
a proper assessment by a chiropodist/podiatrist or family physician is required. Your treatment will depend on what is causing the abnormality and whether or not your toes are flexible or rigid. In many cases,
wearing proper shoes, custom made orthotics, and removing corns and calluses can eliminate a lot of problems and discomfort. If everything else fails and the pain is affecting your everyday life, surgery may be considered. However, patients should keep in
mind that surgery is not without risks and
should not be considered just for cosmetic purposes.
People with diabetes and other circulatory problems should always consult a health care professional before beginning any treatments.