Hammertoe is a contracture or bending of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toes (all except the big toe), usually occurring in the middle three toes. Hammertoes form because of an imbalance in the muscles or ligaments surrounding the toe. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe, especially when wearing shoes, causing painful problems to develop and, in severe cases, the toe can freeze up, unable to bend because of alignment issues.
Common symptoms of hammertoes include:
Hammertoes are also classified into two categories:
Depending upon the degree of the hammertoe, Dr. Babalola may recommend several treatments, including:
Dr. Babalola has had great success treating severe hammertoes with minimal incision surgery where a small piece of bone is removed and the joint realigned. Typically, the surgery doesn’t require hospitalization.
There are many ways to protect yourself against hammertoes from forming, such as:
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