A hammertoe is a deformity of the toe in which the end of the toe bends downward and the middle of the toe bends upward. The deformity can affect any toe, but most often affects the second, third, or fourth toe.

Hammertoes are more common in women than men. There are several reasons why someone may be at risk for hammertoes. Many people inherit the condition from family members. Another reason is that they may be wearing shoes that do not fit properly. Shoes that are too tight or too short can put pressure on the toes, which can cause them to become deformed.

We offer several treatment options for hammertoes including specialized shoes that fit properly and do not put pressure on the toes, pads and other devices to help relieve pressure on the toes. Surgery is also an option, but it should only be considered as a last resort.