Conditions > Hammer Toe Brian James Tracey

Hammer Toe is a toe that is contracted at the PIP joint (middle joint in the toe), potentially leading to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe's joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe except the big toe.

  • Hammer Toe - A condition, usually stemming from muscle imbalance, in which the toe is bent in a claw-like position.
  • It occurs most frequently with the second toe, often when a bunion slants the big toe toward and under it, but any of the other three smaller toes can be affected.

Treatment: Selecting shoes and socks that do not cramp the toes will alleviate aggravation; seek professional care.  Orthotics can be prescribed with a metatarsal correction straightening the toes.