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Hammertoe refers to a contracture (bending) deformity of the lesser digits (2,3,4,5).  This deformity may be present at one, two or three joints depending on the severity.  Mild hammertoes rarely cause problems however, as the deformity progresses irritation from shoes can lead to corns.  Corns are usually very painful when wearing shoes and can lead to ulcers in people with neuropathy.  Changes in shoes and non-medicated corn pads can be useful for some time but ultimately a hammertoe must be corrected surgically for permanent relief.  For additional information regarding hammertoe deformities visit the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons site by clicking below.  
Preoperative severe bunion and hammertoe deformity
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