A hammertoe is a general term used to describe any rigid or flexible contracture of a toe joint. Specifically a hammertoe is a contracture of the proximal interphalangeal toe joint causing the toe to resemble a hammer. A mallet toe is a contracture of the distal interphalangeal toe joint and a claw toe is a contracture of both of these joints.

The deformity usually presents in the lesser digits which are the second, third, fourth and fifth toes. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery. People with hammertoe may have corns or calluses on the top of the middle joint of the toe or on the tip of the toe. They may also feel pain in their toes or feet and have difficulty finding comfortable shoes.


  • Muscle tendon and ligament imbalance
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders
  • Low arch foot or excessive pronation
  • Improperly fitting shoe gear

Signs & Symptoms

  • Bony prominence rubbing on shoe gear
  • Formation of calluses, corns, or ulcerations
  • Pain from plantarflexed metatarsal heads
  • Redness to skin
  • Difficult wearing shoes

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