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Treatment for Hammertoes

Hammertoes occur when there is a muscle imbalance or abnormal bone length that causes the toe to curl under. When hammertoes are still flexible, you can straighten the toe with your fingers. If the situation continues, the hammertoes can become rigid and fixed. Hammertoes may cause thickened skin on the top of the toe (corns) or under the feet (calluses). Excessive pressure and rubbing by shoes on these areas make walking and standing painful.

Treatments for the irritations caused by hammertoes include shoe pads, soaking in warm water, and buffing. Orthotics link to orthotics page may relieve some of the discomfort associated with hammertoes. Other options include surgery where the joint is altered to allow more flexibility, thus reducing likelihood of skin buildup (corns and calluses).