A hammer toe is a deformity of one or both joints of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th toe. This deformity can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes and cause pain.
Hammer toes are the result of an imbalance between the tendons on the top and on the bottom of the toe. They can be either flexible or rigid. Custom orthoses can help restore the balance between the tendons when they are flexible. When rigid, adapted footwear can help reduce pain. Surgery is recommended when nonsurgical treatments do not provide proper relief.
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