Hammer toe is a condition where the second, third or fourth toe is bent in the middle, giving it a hammer shape. Imbalance in connective tissues within the toe is what causes hammer toe, and wearing shoes that don’t fit can make it worse.
In early stages, treatment for hammer toe includes special exercises and footwear to correct the deformity. Left untreated, hammer toe may require surgery to repair.
At Aurora Health Care, we offer a variety of noninvasive and surgical treatment options to correct hammer toe and get you back on your feet.
Aurora is one of the largest regional health care providers in Wisconsin, treating thousands of people for foot conditions each year – including hammer toe. When you come to us for treatment, you can count on:
The main symptom of hammer toe is an abnormal bend or deformity in the middle joint of the toe. Other signs include foot or toe pain, as well as calluses or corns on the toe.
Causes of hammer toe typically include a combination of:
Our doctors can diagnose hammer toe with a medical exam, evaluating your toes for pain and deformity. They may also use X-rays to get images of the bones and joints inside your feet.
Treatment for hammer toe typically focuses on noninvasive methods first. Your doctor may recommend:
If noninvasive treatments don’t work, your doctor may recommend toe surgery to correct hammer toe. Learn more about treatments for foot and ankle pain at Aurora.