What are Hammer Toes?
Hammer toes are the contracture or “curling” of the toes. This contracture can result from several factors including genetics, tight fitting shoes, high arched feet, muscle imbalances, muscle weakening or trauma to the toes. Your toes, with the exception of your big toe have 2 joints (your great toe only has 1). Any or both of these joints may be contracted. Longer toes are also more susceptible to hammering due to the fact that they are more likely to buckle in shoes. Corns or extra skin may develop over a hammer toe causing additional pain. Corns may develop on the top or between the toes. Corns are the way your body protects the underlying bones.