A woman has removed her shoes to soothe her aching feet


Hammertoes and mallet toes are very similar with one main difference- hammertoe affects the middle joint of your toe and mallet toe affects the joint closest to your foot. Hammertoe is any toe that has curled as a result of a bend within the middle joint.

This condition can be found with other conditions such as calluses, bunions, and more.


The most common cause of hammertoe is ill-fitting shoes that deform the structure of the toe. Certain diseases and conditions that cause nerve, joint, or muscle damage can cause hammertoes such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, strokes, and diabetes. When bent for long periods of time the muscles inside the toe can shorten.

Factors that can increase your risk of developing a hammertoe:
  • Some people can be structurally prone to the development of hammertoes
  • Tight-fitting footwear
  • Smaller and weaker muscles within the foot may also contribute
  • Some structural deformity can actually be due to genetic predisposition
  • Some type of previous trauma like a broken or severely stubbed toe


One of the easiest ways to alleviate the pressure and pain of hammertoe can be a change in footwear or shoe inserts.

Severe cases of hammertoe can be corrected with surgical procedures. Depending on each individual case, there may be post surgery stiffness, redness, and swelling. Your toe may also be longer or shorter than before the surgery.

Long walks should be avoided and your foot should be kept elevated as often as possible while your toe heals.

Give us a call today to learn more and find out the best way to help cure your hammertoe.
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