Your toe contains two joints that allow it to bend at the middle and bottom. A hammer toe occurs when the middle joint becomes flexed or bent downward.

Hammertoe Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toe
  • Swelling, inflammation, or throbbing in the toe or foot area
  • Corns or calluses on the affected toe
  • Swelling, sometimes with heat or redness

Hammertoe Treatment

Non Surgical Treatment

  • Hammertoe pads or toe cushions
  • Wearing shoe inserts
  • Cortisone shots to help with pain relief



  • Surgical intervention may be necessary to correct the condition

Manalapan, New Jersey Foot and Ankle is comprised of multidisciplinary podiatric physicians in Manalapan, New Jersey.

One of the most common foot deformities, hammertoe is a condition in which the toes curl under like the claw portion of a hammer. In patients suffering from hammertoe, the affected toes stay bent at the joint, unable to flatten out into a more natural position. In addition to the unfortunate claw-like appearance, hammertoes can cause tenderness, swelling, painful corns and calluses, joint stiffness, and even difficulty walking. Hammertoes are generally caused by a muscle tendon imbalance and, if left untreated, will get progressively worse.

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