When there is a dislocation of any toe joint, you have hammertoe. Because of the way it bends under like a claw, it resembles a hammer in a piano. A callus or corn can form on the end of the toe due to pressure. Hammertoes progress from flexible to rigid deformities. It is at this stage when wearing everyday shoes can become painful. You can take care of your hammertoes by trimming the corn or callus, wearing shoes with a wider and higher box, and applying pads that help relieve pressure. A visit to your local podiatrist can help determine how severe your condition is and what treatments are available. This can involve special shoes or a minor surgical procedure that will remove the portion on bone causing the hammering.

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