Hammer toe occurs when there is a shortening of the tendon that controls toe movement. This causes the middle joint of the toe to be bent upward and the outer joint downwards. The misshapen toe resembles a hammer. A hammer toe correction is done to correct a toe deformity called a hammer toe.

Hammer toe
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A hammertoe correction is considered when:

  • Other treatments have failed to bring about results.
  • The affected toe has assumed an awkward position and is causing pain.
  • The deformity makes walking difficult.
  • The position of the toe causes breakdown of skin. This can increase the risk of developing a bone infection.