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What is it?

A hammertoe (also referred to as claw toes)  is a contraction deformity that results in bony prominence’s on the toes. This raised joint often becomes calloused or develops corns from constant friction, leading to pain in the toes and even preventing the ability to wear footwear.

What can cause it?

  • Ill-fitting footwear, especially high heeled shoes or shoes with a narrow toe box
  • Heredity
  • Trauma to the foot and/or toes
  • Muscle imbalances that generally assist in keeping the toes straight

What can I do to alleviate it?

Although the onset of hammertoes can typically be managed, this is the most urgent time for a chiropodist to intervene. Over time the flexibility will decrease, leaving a rigid bent toe that will most likely require surgery. At Clarke Ventresca Foot & Orthotic Centres we will assess the reasons contributing to your hammertoes and develop a strategy to help rectify them that may include orthotics, stretching and proper footwear.