Surgery for Hammertoes

Surgery for Hammertoes

When surgery is needed for hammertoes, new approaches make it even more successful.

The abnormal bending of the toes known as hammertoes is a common foot deformity, especially for women. The end of the toe bends down and the middle joint sticks up. Hammertoes mainly cause difficulty fitting into shoes and corns and calluses from pressure and rubbing. "These can generally be managed by accommodating for the deformity," says Georgeanne Botek, DPM, Head of Podiatry in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

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    The abnormal bending of the toes known as hammertoes is a common foot deformity, especially for women. The end of the toe bends down and the middle joint sticks up. Hammertoes mainly cause difficulty fitting into shoes and corns and calluses from pressure and rubbing.

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