Hammer, claw, and mallet toes are common deformities that affect the lesser toes.
Hammer, claw, and mallet toes are common deformities that affect the lesser toes. These are caused by an imbalance to the muscles that control toe movement, causing the toes to bend into an odd position at one or more joints. This can be painful and uncomfortable, especially while walking, as the toe presses and rubs against the shoe. Hammer, claw, and mallet toes develop gradually over time. Improper shoe gear can aggravate the problem.
Conservative treatments for hammertoes include padding, strapping, and wider shoes. If the deformity is severe enough, surgery may be necessary to re-align the toe. The surgery is outpatient and the patient can walk the same day of surgery in a walking boot or shoe.
If you suffer from hammertoes, seek medical attention as soon as possible.