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What Is A Hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a toe deformity in which the middle toe joint is abnormally contracted a bent causing the toe to curl downward. Hammertoe can affect one or more toes and can either be fixed or mobile.

What Are The Symptoms Of Hammertoe?

The most common symptoms of hammertoe are:
  • Claw-like toes that are permanently bent at the middle joint
  • Corns or blisters on the tops of toes
  • Inability to wiggle your toes

How Do I Treat Hammertoe?

Hammertoe treatment may include:
  • Corn pads
  • Stretching and strengthening your toe and toe and foot muscles
  • Roomier footwear
  • Custom orthotics that help reposition and take pressure off of your toes
  • Surgery

The sooner you treat hammertoe the better – hammertoe is a progressive condition. Left untreated, hammertoe can worsen and require surgery If your toes appear bent or you are experiencing toe mobility, schedule best foot care appointment with our licensed chiropodists (foot specialists), use the booking form below or contact our clinic directly at 416-769-FEET(3338).

Drop-in shoe fitting for hammertoe is also offered.

Our Toronto foot clinic is open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm. You do not need a referral to become a patient at our Foot clinic.


What Causes Hammertoe?

Most often, hammertoe develops over time due to repeatedly wearing shoes that are too short, narrow, tall, or pointy. These ill-fitting styles crowd the toes and cause the tendons of the toes to contract and tighten.
Risk Factors

Risk Factors

Crowding can be further exacerbated by high arches and bunions, which take up extra space in your shoes leaving less room for your toes.

How Do I Prevent Hammertoe?

Here are various foot care solutions to prevent hammertoe:
  • Avoid pointy-toed flats, dress shoes or pumps
  • Avoid high heels
  • Shoes with laces are highly recommended so that you will have more control over how tight your shoes are
  • Correct abnormal biomechanics that can cause hammertoes

If you need assistance choosing hammertoe-friendly footwear, our Chiropodists (foot specialists) can assist you in selecting supportive and accommodative sandals, shoes, and boots that conform to the unique physiology and biomechanical needs of your feet.

Our foot clinic shoe is open six days a week and offers a large selection of footwear that can accommodate hammertoes. No appointment required.

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Book an appointment for hammertoes

You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic. Schedule an appointment by using the Appointment Request form below or contact the clinic at 416-769-FEET(3338).