How to Handle Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a common foot condition where one or more toes become bent at the middle joint resembling a hammer. Although it can be uncomfortable and limit footwear choices, there are effective measures to be implemented that can help manage this condition. The first step is to wear shoes that have adequate room for the toes to move freely. It is helpful if the shoes can accommodate bent toes and high heels and pointy-toed shoes should be avoided. Many patients find it beneficial to perform toe exercises that help to improve flexibility and alleviate pain. Temporary relief may occur when orthotic inserts are worn or cushioned pads are placed over the affected toes. Early intervention and consistent foot care are essential for treating and managing hammertoe, improving mobility, and restoring foot comfort and confidence. If you are afflicted with hammertoe, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you effectively manage this condition.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Cary Golub, DPM from New York. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Williston Park, and Long Beach, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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