Hammer Toes

Hammer Toes

Hammer Toes Information and Treatment Products

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If your toes appear crooked or misshapen you may be suffering from hammertoes. Having the toes bent can cause muscles to shorten causing the hammertoe deformity and pain.

About Hammer Toes

A hammer toe is a toe that is contracted at the PIP joint (middle joint in the toe), and can lead to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe's joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe, except the big toe. There is often discomfort at the top part of the toe that is rubbing against the shoe.

  • Symptoms: Distorted position of one or more toe joints causes them to rise up and run on the top of the toe box.
  • Occurs: shoes may be too tight and put too much pressure on the tops of toes.
  • Relief Requires: Room above the toes, soft stretchy material over the toes and modification of the toe box.

Hammer toes are classified based on the mobility of the toe joints. There are two types - flexible and rigid. In a flexible hammer toe, the joint has the ability to move. This type of hammer toe can be straightened manually. Movement is very limited and can be extremely painful. This sometimes causes foot movement to become restricted leading to extra stress at the ball-of-the-foot, and possibly causing pain and the development of corns and calluses.

Common Causes of Hammer Toe

Hammer toes result from a muscle imbalance which causes the ligaments and tendons to become unnaturally tight. This results in the joint curling downwards. Arthritis can also lead to many different forefoot deformities, including hammer toes.

How to Treat and Prevent Hammer Toe Symptoms

Changing the type of footwear worn is a very important step in the treatment of hammer toes. When choosing a shoe, make sure the toe box (toe area) is high and broad, and can accommodate the hammer toes. A shoe with a high, broad toe box will provide enough room in the forefoot area so that there is less friction against the toes.

Foot Solutions offers other treatments, including forefoot products designed to relieve hammer toes, such as hammer toe crests and hammer toe splints. These devices will help hold down the hammer toe and provide relief to the forefoot. Gel toe shields and gel toe caps are also recommended to eliminate friction between the shoe and the toe, while providing comfort and lubrication.