What is hammer toe?

Also known as: mallet toe

When one of the toes has an abnormal bend to its shape, this deformity is known as “hammer toe.” Hammer toe typically impacts the middle joint and is most commonly found in the second toe. It  can occur for a variety of different reasons. A hammer toe is usually asymptomatic however calluses can develop over time that may cause pain.
 

Reviewed by: Verena M. Schreiber, MD

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