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A hammertoe is a permanent deformity of the toe joint in which the toe bends up slightly and then curls downward, resting on its tip. When forced into this position long enough, the tendons of the toe contract and it stiffens into a hammer- or claw-like shape.
Hammertoe is most common in the second toe but may develop in any or all of the three middle toes if they are pushed forward and do not have enough room to lie flat in the shoe. The risk is increased when the toes are already crowded by the pressure of a simultaneous bunion. Prolonged bedrest, diabetes, and various diseases that affect the nerves and muscles put people at risk.
At first, a hammertoe is flexible, and any pain it causes can usually be relieved by putting a toe pad, which are sold in drug stores, into the shoe. To help prevent and ease existing discomfort from hammertoes, shoes should have a deep, wide toe area. As the tendon becomes tighter and the toe stiffens, other treatments, including exercises, splints, and custom-made shoe inserts may help redistribute weight and ease the position of the toe.
Surgery may be needed in some severe cases.
Ease toe pain caused by overlapping , crooked or hammer toes. Just slip the affected toe into the soft, cottony loop, pull its free end and your toe is aligned. Foamy ball of foot cushion stops pressure on calluses.
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