What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is caused by a shortening of the tendons that control toe movements. The toe knuckle is usually enlarged, drawing the toe back. Over time, the joint enlarges and stiffens as it rubs against shoes.

  • Your balance may be affected.
  • Wearing shoes and stockings with plenty of toe room is a treatment for hammertoe.
  • In very serious cases, surgery may be needed.