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Hammertoe Fixes

A hammertoe is a deformity that causes one of the toes, typically the second, third, or fourth, to bend downward at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. This condition often results from an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that hold the toe straight, and it can be exacerbated by wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. Arthritis, injury, or a genetic predisposition can also contribute to its development. Hammertoes can be painful, especially while walking or wearing shoes. They may cause corns or calluses to form on the top of the joint or at the tip of the toe due to constant friction. If left untreated, hammertoes can lead to more severe complications, such as open sores or difficulty in walking. Relief options include wearing proper footwear with a roomy toe box, using orthotic inserts, and performing toe exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the deformity. If you have a hammertoe that is causing you discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for the best treatment plan.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Douglas Mckay of New Jersey . Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Caldwell, and Galloway, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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