Hammer toe is a condition in which the toe bends upward like a claw and becomes rigidly fixed in the bent position. It often affects the second toe, but may affect several toes. Additionally, a small area of thickened skin may develop on the top of the affected toe due to pressure placed on it from the shoe. Hammer toe may be caused by wearing shoes that do not fit properly. The condition also occurs in people with muscle and nerve damage.
Often, if pain is not a problem, there is no treatment necessary to correct hammer toe. A felt pad may be used to protect the joint from the shoe and can help ease some of the discomfort. However, surgical treatment may be considered to correct the toe by straightening it out and causing it to become rigid in the new, straightened position.
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