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Correcting Hammertoe

Several different kinds of foot afflictions can distort how the bones of the feet are supposed to naturally look. Hammertoe is one such foot condition. This condition occurs when a toe is misshapen because it points upward at the middle joint. As a result, the hammertoe resembles a kind of hammer. After visiting a trusted medical professional such as a podiatrist, one can take steps to correct a hammertoe. For example, a hammertoe correction surgical procedure can straighten the toe. During this procedure, joint or bone tissue may be removed to facilitate the straightening of the toe. Also, affected tendons that are causing the bending of the toes might be loosened during this procedure. If you have a hammertoe, contact a podiatrist today to review your options for correcting the condition.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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