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Which Toes Does Hammertoe Affect?

The medical condition that is known as hammertoe can occur as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. These may include shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, which may cause the second, third, or fourth toes to become deformed. This can cause the middle joints in the toes to bend abnormally, and the toes may then not be able to straighten out. Patients who have a longer second toe may be more prone to developing hammertoe, in addition to having existing medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. Common symptoms that are associated with hammertoe can consist of pain and discomfort in the affected toe, a burning sensation, and in severe cases, sores may develop on top of the toe. If you notice symptoms of this ailment, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment technique that is correct for you.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors 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 office located in Oradell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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