>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