A hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toe where the toe is bent at the middle joint so it has the appearance of a hammer. If it is not treated, over time the toe can stiffen and become fixed in this bent position causing tremendous pain.
Hammertoes can often be caused by problems with the tendons inside the foot or because the toes are tightly squeezed into poorly fitted shoes. In conjunction with hammertoes, we often see problems with bunions and high-arched feet as these problems tend to associate with each other.
Seeking medical consultation from our expert podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Florida can quickly move you from discomfort back into living an enjoyable and active lifestyle. Our physicians will examine the foot, provide state-of-the art treatment or surgery if necessary and advise on appropriate footwear.