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Hammer Toes: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention

What are Hammer Toes?

Hammer Toes occur when one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes start to bend. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing various problems such as pain on the toes when wearing shoes, corns on the toes and calluses (hard skin) on the bottom of the toe or on the ball of the foot.

Corns and calluses can be painful and make it difficult to find comfortable shoes. But even without corns and calluses, Hammer Toes can cause pain because the joint itself may become dislocated.

What Causes Hammer Toes?

The most common cause of Hammer Toes is a muscle/tendon imbalance. This imbalance, which leads to a bending of the toe, results from mechanical (structural) changes in the foot that occur over time in some people.

Hammer Toes are often aggravated by shoes that don't fit properly—for example, shoes that crowd the toes. Occasionally, Hammer Toes are caused by some kind of trauma, such as a previously broken toe. In some people, Hammer Toes are inherited.

This information is for guidance only. If you are in doubt at all, please consult your nearest health professional.

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Podopro Podopro Digital Caps Knit

Protects toes from friction and footwear pressure. Relieves painful ingrown toenails, corns, hammertoes, and toe tips. Can be cut to size.

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Podopro RELIEVE MORTONS NEUROMA, HAMMER TOES - Adjustable Toe Prop

Sold as singles. A latex foam mould covered in leather with an adjustable metluxe elastic loop to fit over the toe. Provide under support to curled toes and relieve the discomfort of hammer toes, mallet toes and claw toes by providing protection against soreness at the tip of the toes. Toe props can also prevent corns and hard skin from developing on the feet.

£4.55

Podopro Toe Prop (1)

Sold in singles. A latex foam mould covered in leather with an elastic loop to fit over the toe. Provide under support to curled toes and relieve the discomfort of hammer toes, morton's neuroma, mallet toes and claw toes by providing protection against soreness at the tip of the toes. Toe props can also prevent corns and hard skin from developing on the feet.

£4.05

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