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Hammertoe Stretches

Hammertoe is a deformity that affects the toes and can be uncomfortable. It can happen from genetic reasons, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. This ailment affects the second and third toes, and pushes the end of the toe downward, causing the middle joint to point up. Many people who have this condition often have corns and calluses that develop on top of the joints. This can happen as a result of the toe hitting the top of the shoe. People who are born with long toes may develop hammertoe, in addition to people who have bunions. Specific stretches for hammertoe can be done that can help to keep the joints flexible. Some people find it helpful to stretch the toe joints with their hands, or by picking up marbles with their toes. If you have hammertoe, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective treatment methods.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Pedram Aslmand, DPM from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Our podiatrist will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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