Little Toes, Big Problems: What is Hammertoe?

Tell someone your toes hurt and watch them tune out. Face it, people who don’t have hammertoes cannot comprehend how debilitating it is.

Your toes play an important role in balancing your body while walking or standing still. They bend and straighten to effectively grip the ground and push your feet forward.

Hammertoes, as you probably know, occur when one or more toes remain bent or curled, causing an unnatural appearance. These crooked toes drastically change the shape of your foot, causing pain which is often worsened by shoewear. This makes walking, jogging, or simply standing difficult.