Hammer toes result from a muscle imbalance which causes the ligaments and tendons to become unnaturally tight. This results in the middle joint in the toe curling downward, potentially leading to severe pressure and pain. Hammer toes may occur in any toe except the big toe. There is often discomfort at the top part of the toe due to rubbing against the shoe.
There are two types of hammer toes, flexible and rigid. With a flexible hammer toe, the joint has the ability to move and the toe can be straightened manually. With a rigid hammer toe, movement is very limited and can be extremely painful, sometimes causing foot movement to become restricted and lead to extra stress at the ball of the foot and possibly cause pain and the development of corns and calluses.
Adjusting footwear is a very important step in the treatment of hammer toes. When choosing a shoe, make sure the toe box is high and broad and can accommodate the shape of your foot, causing less friction against the toes.
We Love Shoes!
Here at When The Shoe Fits we're passionate about great fitting shoes! Thanks for shopping our website! If you're ever in our area, we'd love to do an in-store fitting to show you how fit matters!
We won't bug you daily but Enter your email address below and we'll notify you about our special promotions and sales. We only have a few big sales a year so you won't want to miss out!
When The Shoe Fits is a full-service men's and women's shoe store and pedorthic center. At When the Shoe Fits, we use pedorthics - the design, manufacture, modification and fit of footwear and orthotics - to work with our customers, help alleviate their discomfort and solve their unique foot problems. We feature a broad selection of high-quality comfort footwear from many of the world’s premium comfort brands. We also specialize in providing professional shoe fitting and foot care, which can include custom and over-the-counter shoe inserts, as well as pedorthic services including the use of foot scanning technology.
It's More Than Just Shoes
We're foot experts! Most people at some time in their life will have some type of foot pain. From simple blisters and calluses to chronic foot pain from tendonitis, plantar facilities, or a host of other conditions, our Certifies Pedorthists and expers staff can help.
Common Foot Issues
Are foot problems widespread?
Seventy-five percent of Americans will experience foot health problems of varying degrees of severity at one time or another in their lives.