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Insights Into Hammertoe

Hammertoe, a prevalent foot deformity, manifests as an abnormal bending of the toe joints, causing toes to resemble a hammer's shape. This condition typically affects the second, third, or fourth toe, resulting from an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that control toe movement. Common causes of hammertoe include wearing ill-fitting shoes, toe injuries, and underlying foot conditions like arthritis or bunions. Over time, hammertoes can become rigid and painful, making walking and wearing shoes uncomfortable. Recognizing the signs, such as toe stiffness, corns, or calluses, is vital for early intervention and treatment. While conservative measures like wearing roomy shoes, toe exercises, and padding can alleviate symptoms, severe cases may require surgical correction to realign the toe joints and restore functionality. With proper care and attention, individuals can manage hammertoe effectively, minimizing discomfort and maintaining optimal foot health. If you have developed hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Jeffrey Rosenblatt, DPM from New York. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Brooklyn and New York City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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