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Hammer toe is a deformity of the bones of one or more of the toes. It mostly affects the joints between these bones, (which conform to the same basic plan as those of the fingers) particularly those nearest the main part of the foot. This causes toes to appear to “curl” above the nails. Hammer toe is usually seen in the second, third, and/or fourth digits of the foot. It is not always accompanied by pain, but many people with the condition experience it constantly. Hammer toe, as with all conditions that affect the shape of toes, can also affect normal walking and movement.

For cases of hammertoe that exhibit pain and discomfort, there are a number of treatment options available. These treatments can range from physical therapy and targeted exercises, to surgical correction of the deformity. It is recommended that you speak with your physician about the risks and benefits of treatment for hammertoe.