A hammertoe is a foot deformity in the middle joint of a toe, due to an imbalance of muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the toe, causing the toe to bend.
The most common cause for hammertoes is a muscle imbalance that affects the way you walk, causing the toes to bear too much weight. Another common cause is wearing ill-fitting shoes that have a narrow toe box, such as women’s high heels. Shoes that are too narrow or too tight can cause toes to bend.
We will perform a physical examination and ask you about your symptoms. We’ll evaluate your health history and if conservative treatment fails, we may recommend further solutions.
Usually, hammertoes can be treated conservatively by:
If you have worsening hammertoe and severe pain, it’s important to contact Nagy Footcare because you may need hammertoe surgery to fix the tendon and allow your toe to lay flat.