Your feet – Hammer / Mallet Toes
A hammertoe is a toe that’s curled due to a bend in the middle joint of a toe. Mallet toe is similar, but affects the upper joint of a toe. Otherwise, any differences between hammertoe and mallet toe are subtle.
Both hammertoe and mallet toe are commonly caused by shoes that are too short or heels that are too high. Under these conditions, your toe may be forced against the front of your shoe, resulting in an unnatural bending of your toe and a hammer-like or claw-like appearance.
Relieving the pain and pressure of hammertoe and mallet toe may involve changing your footwear and wearing shoe inserts. If you have a more severe case of hammertoe or mallet toe, you may need surgery to experience relief.
Posted on April 19, 2011, in Your feet and tagged Accessories, bending of toe, claw appearance, Clothing, Foot, Footwear, Hammer toe, hammer toe appearance, hammertoe, Mallet toe, Shoe, Shoe insert, Shopping, wearing shoes inserts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.