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Hammer Toes

Definition: A hammertoe is a deformity of the lesser toes characterized by contraction of the toe.

Cause:

  • Hereditary
  • Poor shoes
  • Foot imbalances (high and low arch)
  • Often associated with bunion deformity

Symptoms:

  • Painful irritation of the top of the toes
  • Corn formation
  • Pain on balls of feet

Treatment:

  • Deep toe box shoes
  • Padding to avoid irritation
  • Surgery if all measures fail

Prevention:

  • Shoes with deep toe box
  • Arch support if indicated

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Hospital Affiliations

midwest orthopadic speciality hospital wheaton franciscan healthcare wheaton franciscan healthcare columbia st mary's childrens hospitel of wisconsin surgicenter of greater milwaukee wisconsin health center aurora health care

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