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The symptoms of Hammertoe deformity

Hammertoe is a deformity in which the end of the toe, or toes, curl downward like a claw. It occurs more often in the second metatarsal.
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The symptoms of Hammertoe deformity

Hammertoe is a deformity in which the end of the toe, or toes, curl downward like a claw. It occurs more often in the second metatarsal.
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The symptoms of Hammertoe deformity

Hammertoe is a deformity in which the end of the toe, or toes, curl downward like a claw. It occurs more often in the second metatarsal.

What are the most common causes?

Hammertoe is caused by the contraction of the ligaments at the top and bottom of each toe. Poorly fitting shoes, an injury, an imbalance in the toe muscles, a biomechanical or neurological issue or certain inflammatory illnesses are all possible causes of the condition. The deformity occurs more often in older patients and women.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms vary with the extent of the deviation and its rigidity. The deformity often leads to irritation of the end of the toe from friction with the inside of the shoe. The affected toe can appear inflamed; calluses are not uncommon. In some cases, the patient may find it difficult to walk.

How is it diagnosed?

A physical examination of the foot is sufficient for a diagnosis. X-rays are often necessary to evaluate the severity of the deformity and the presence of arthritic changes in the toes.

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