Which Toes Does Hammertoe Affect?

Monday, 06 January 2020 00:00

The medical condition that is known as hammertoe can occur as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. These may include shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, which may cause the second, third, or fourth toes to become deformed. This can cause the middle joints in the toes to bend abnormally, and the toes may then not be able to straighten out. Patients who have a longer second toe may be more prone to developing hammertoe, in addition to having existing medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. Common symptoms that are associated with hammertoe can consist of pain and discomfort in the affected toe, a burning sensation, and in severe cases, sores may develop on top of the toe. If you notice symptoms of this ailment, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment technique that is correct for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sayville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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