What is Hammertoe?
A hammertoe is an abnormal bend of the one or both joints in the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes. This deformity occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold the toe straight.
Like many foot and ankle conditions, hammertoes get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be treated with non-surgical methods. If hammertoes are left untreated, they can become more rigid and will not respond to conservative treatment.
Symptoms of Hammertoe
- Pain or irritation on the tip or top of the affected toe when wearing shoes
- Corns and calluses on the toe, between two toes or on the ball of the foot.
- Inflammation, and redness on the affected toe
- Bending or curling of the toe