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Can Hammertoe Be Treated?

Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

The foot condition that is known as hammertoe is often unsightly and can cause pain and discomfort. It is considered to be a deformity, and causes the second and third toe to bend upward, resembling a hammer. Many patients who have developed this condition realize it can be caused by wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. This ailment may be the reason why corns or calluses can develop on top of the toes, and the affected toes may appear swollen. There are patients who find relief when appropriate foot and toe stretches are frequently performed. Additionally, mild relief may be found when a protective pad is worn on top of the toes while wearing shoes. In severe cases, surgery may be an option to permanently straighten the toes. If you have developed hammertoe, please speak to a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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