Hammertoes

hammer_toeA hammertoe is a contraction deformity, resulting in bony prominences on the toes.  In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and may require surgery. People with hammertoes 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 in the ball of their feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.
Causes of hammertoe include improperly fitting shoes and muscle imbalance.
Treatment for the condition typically involves wearing 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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