A hammertoe is a dislocation of the joint of any
one of the toes. It is described as a hammertoe because it bends under
like a claw, or like the hammer in a piano.
A corn or a callus usually will form either on the end of the toe or
from shoe pressure on the prominent portion of the toe. These types of
toes can be hereditary in nature, or the deformity can be the result of
faulty foot function. This deformity may be quite flexible at first but
damage to the affected joint eventually results in a rigid deformity.
Several types of treatment are available for this condition.
Conservative care would include trimming the corn or callus and padding
to reduce shoe pressure. However, this does not correct the hammered
condition. The only way to correct the deformity is with a minor
surgical procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia. In cases
in which surgical intervention may not be advisable, special types of
shoes can be prescribed by your podiatrist in order to accommodate the
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