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Hammertoe Syndrome

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 toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Any toe can be involved, but the condition usually affects the second through fifth toes, known as the lesser digits. Hammertoes are more common to females than males.


Obtain shoes of larger size with roomier "toe boxes" to decrease pressure on the toes.


Consult your podiatric surgeon for possible surgical straightening of one or more hammer toes if careful shoe selection does not relieve the discomfort.