Hammer toe develops due to muscle imbalances in the toe which put pressure on toe joints and tendons. If a toe is bent or out of place for long enough, the toe joints and the muscle group will tighten. This displacement can cause extreme pain and discomfort.
Some of the factors that may increase an individual’s chance of developing a hammer toe or a similar condition include:
- Genes: Some individuals are born with certain features that make them more likely to develop this condition.
- Injury or trauma: An injury to the toe can result in hammer toe if the collision displaces the joint.
- Narrow shoes: Ill-fitting shoes with minimal support can cause an individual to develop a foot condition such as hammer toe.
If you are experiencing foot pain and are interested in seeking a diagnosis or treatment, our skilled professionals at BEST Health System are passionate about helping you find the most effective approach to finding recovery.