What is Hammer Toe?

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    What is Hammer Toe?
    What is Hammer Toe? (Picture: Chelsea Foot and Ankle)

    Have you recently looked down to your twinkle toes to see one little piggy is out of line?

    Hammer Toe may have caused your toe to bend or curl downward because of a weakened muscle.

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    The tendons (tissues that connect muscle to bone) become shorter because of the weakened muscle, Hammer Toe happens when the middle joint in the toe becomes dislocated.

    Hammer Toe can effect any toe on your foot but usually occurs on the second or third toe.

    What is Hammer Toe?
    Could you be wearing the wrong shoes? (Picture: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    It can be a genetic condition and be present at birth, or it can be caused by arthritis, high arches, pressure from a bunion or shoes that are too tight.

    Hammer Toe, as well as being unsightly can lead to other foot problems like blisters, calluses and sores.

    What is Hammer Toe?
    Hammer Toe can be cause by wearing shoes with very high heels or shows that don’t fit properly.(Picture: Shutterstock)

     

    Hammer Toe symptoms include having a toe that bends downward, corns or calluses on the feet, difficulty walking, inability to flex your feet or wiggle your toes, or having claw-like toes.

    Doctors can diagnose Hammer Toe during a physical exam, the severity of your condition will determine the treatment.

    What is Hammer Toe?
    High heels are a big no no if you are treating hammer toe. (Picture: Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

    If you have Hammer Toe due to wearing ill-fitting shoes, you can help treat it by wearing appropriate footwear that fits you properly.

    If high-arches caused your Hammer Toe then toe pads or insoles will help treat it.

    To treat bunions or corns that are causing your Hammer Toe you can get over-the-counter cushions or pads or treatments for bunions.

    If your condition is worse and you are unable to flex your toes then surgery may be the only option to treat the Hammer Toe.

    The best way to avoid getting Hammer Toe is to wear properly fitting shoes, high heels should be kept to 2 inches or less.

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