A hammer toe is a toe that tends to remain bent at the middle joint in a claw-like position. This is potentially very painful. There are two types of hammer toe.
A flexible hammer toe has the ability to be straightened manually.
A rigid hammer toe cannot be pulled straight and can be extremely painful. After time, the top of the toe may press up against the shoe, potentially causing corns or calluses (thickened skin), which are also painful.
The sooner a hammer toe is treated, the more favorable the outcome. If you suspect you have this condition, contact your doctor.
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