Hammer Toes

A hammer toe is best described as an abnormal contraction or deformity of a toe. This occurs due to a partial or complete dislocation of one of the joints in the toe. As the toe continues to be deformed it can causes pressure on the shoe and may cause the formation of callus or corns.

A medical diagram of Hammer Toes.
Example of Hammer Toes.

There are several causes of hammer toes including:

  • Innapropriate footwear
  • Flat feet can result in hammer toes
  • High arched feet can cause hammer toes
  • One of the most frequent causes are hereditary factors
  • Bunions are a major cause of hammer toes

They can be treated by adjustment of footwear, debridgement of callus or corns and by the production of specialist silicone devices which can offload the pressure and relieve symptoms.

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