By Dr. Bruce Theall
February 21, 2011
Category: Hammertoes

Hammertoes are one of the most common toe conditions in the foot or ankle. It is due to a muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe (usually the second knuckle) are bent into a contracted position. In the early stages and less severe cases, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures. In more advanced cases they may require surgical intervention. This condition can be a genetic deformity or can be due to improper shoe gear. Tight-fitting (either to small or not wide enough) and high-heeled shoes often worsen the condition making them worse. A hammertoe can also be the result of arthritis, trauma, or breaking of the toe.

Hammertoes often look like a clenching of your toes and can lead to difficult or painful motion of a toe joint. Redness or swelling of a toe joint, development of corns or calluses and in extreme cases can lead to open sores on the toe joint. In most cases changing your shoe gear will reduce the symptoms associated with a hammertoe deformity. In severe cases same day surgery may be required to correct the muscle imbalance causing the deformity.

If you have any additional questions visit our video library or stop by Gentle Touch Foot Care so we can come up with a treatment plan for your hammertoe deformity. You can contact our office via our website or by calling (973) 673-3668. Pain free walking is just a phone call away.