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What is a Hammertoe?

Hammertoes are common deformities in the lesser toe (typically the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th toes) three middle toes that gives them an appearance of always being bent. Hammertoes are hereditary but can also be caused by shoes that do not fit properly injuries, or rheumatoid arthritis. As these conditions put stress on the toe's tendons and joints, the pressure forces the toe into a hammerhead shape. Hammer toes may cause the joints of the toe to rub, which may lead to a person walking differently, raising the risk of other foot conditions.

Richard H. Graves, DPM
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Podiatrist, Sports Medicine Specialist