Hammer Toe is a visible deformity in which one or more of toes of the foot becomes deformed and overlaps the other toes. This condition is especially common in women who often wear high heels.
High-heeled shoes or footwear can force the toes into a space that does not allow them to lie flat. This forces the toes to become bunched and compacted into a small space causing the toes to curl. This can alter the joints and tendons of the toe causing this curled position to persist even when barefoot.
In some instances, an injury including stubbing or breaking the toe can cause Hammer Toe.
Signs and symptoms of Hammer Toe may include:
- Visible deformity of the toe
- Permanent curled position of the toe
- Pain in the affected toe
- Corns or calluses