Hammer Toe | Overview

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What is hammer toe?

When a person has hammer toe, the end of their toe bends downward and the middle joint curls up. Eventually, the toe gets stuck in a stiff, claw-like position. When the inside of your shoe rubs against a hammer toe, corns, blisters or calluses may form on top of the toe or on the bottom of your foot. This can make walking painful. You may also have pain in the joint where your big toe joins your foot.

Hammer toe usually affects a person’s second toe (the toe next to the big toe), but it can affect other toes too.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/11
Created: 11/09

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