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Hammertoes form when there is an imbalance in the surrounding muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally keep the toe straight. The pressure from the imbalance causes the toes to become misshapen and point upward at the joint which forces the toe to become bent rather than flat.
Causes and risk factors include:
When a hammertoe first develops the toe may remain quite flexible and active but over time it will contract and stiffen. It will become very painful, especially to walk on because of the constant rubbing against the inside of the shoes which will inevitably cause painful corns and calluses.
If your toe has any of the following then you should seek medical advice from a specialist foot & ankle doctor:
Although it is nothing life threatening, it will worsen over time so it’s important to get it checked and treated as soon as you notice any of the above symptoms.
The Sajid Shariff clinic is a private orthopaedic clinic based in SE London and Kent that specialises in surgical and non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle conditions including hammertoes, ankle sprains, bunions, plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis.
Keep an eye on the shape of your feet; if you see changes see a doctor to find out if there are any recommendations to prevent hallux valgus from forming
Strengthen your feet by exercising them
Wear shoes that fit your feet well and offer good support
Try to avoid shoes that have a heel or pointed toe
After conservative methods have failed then surgical intervention may be recommended.
Corrective surgery for hammertoe and claw toe will depend on the exact problem with your toes. It may involve releasing or lengthening tendons, putting joints back into place, straightening a toe and changing the shape of a bone. It also may be necessary to fix the toes in place with wires or tiny screws.
Your doctor will talk you through in detail what will happen during surgery along with the possible risks and complications.