>What Is A Hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a contracture-or bending-of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called the proximal interphalangeal joint. This bending causes the toes to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side.

How Do You Get A Hammertoe?

A hammertoe is formed due to an abnormal balance of the muscles in the toes. This abnormal balance causes increased pressures on the tendons and joints of the toe, leading to a contracture. Heredity and trauma can also lead to the formation of a hammertoe.

What Can You Do For Relief?

  • Apply a non-medicated hammertoe pad around the bony prominence of the hammertoe
  • Wear a shoe with a deep toe box
  • If it becomes inflamed and painful, apply ice packs several times a day to reduce swelling
  • Avoid heels more than two inches tall
  • Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow
Remember that foot pain is not normal. Healthy, pain-free feet are a key to your independence and need regular attention.

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