Hammer Toes
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Break Fused Toes??

I had hammer toe surgery awhile ago which in reality I didnt need it. I had soft corns from playing sports all my life but never actually had hammer toes. My doctor said surgery was the only option to remove the soft corns so thats why i had "hammer" toe surgery cause he straighten my toes. However due to the surgery, my fused bones in my second and third toe on both feet are cricked and they curl to the floor meaning they arent straight like they were suppose to be. Ive seen plenty of before and after hammer toes pictures and they look great. Mine on the other hand looks like i have hammer toes. My toes now look completely different from before the surgery even with the corns. Ive never had hammer toes but now it looks like i did. He basically rushed the procedure and didnt take his time resulting in the shape of my toes now. My question is can a great foot surgeon rebreak the fused bone to reshape it back to normal using a pin that they stick in during a hammer toe procedure? would you have to inject bone marrow to have more bone to actually reshape it to normal? I know there has to be a way even if its a risky way. Theres millions of fixes for everything now on a human body. Id appreciate your response/answer, thank you.

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Hammer Toe, (L5thMet), Right foot Swelling and Redness.

Six weeks ago I manifested my first symptoms of hammertoe in my 5th toe on my left foot. My left ankle has been reconstructed twice due to a climbing incident.

I went to a podiatrist following a referral last week, 5 weeks after the onset of symptoms. I was diagnosed with hammertoe, given a cortisone shot, and told that if the symptoms didn't abate that I would need surgery.

The day after the appointment my right foot began to manifest red "hotspots" on the 3rd joint of the 2nd toe, the 3rd joint of the 3rd toe, and on the side of the 5th toe, mirroring the left foot. Now the 5th toe is swollen like the other foot was, and I am in some pain with all three swollen red toes.

I'm considering forgoing a second visit to the podiatrist and going straight to an orthopedic shoe store to get a fitting for shoes that will alleviate pain and help restore my gait to something that will not exacerbate these problems.

Is it a terrible idea to skip the doctor with the onset of 3 new symptoms that mirror the first? I am not anxious to here another surgery recommendation, but I am also worried about the acute onset of 4 toe problems within 6 weeks of each other.

Foot Conditions Hammer Toes


A hammer toe is a toe that is contracted at the PIP joint (middle joint in the toe), potentially leading to severe pressure and pain. Ligaments and tendons that have tightened cause the toe's joints to curl downwards. Hammer toes may occur in any toe except the big toe. There is often discomfort at the top part of the toe due to rubbing against the shoe. Hammer toes are classified based on the mobility of the toe joints. There are two types - flexible and rigid. In a flexible hammer toe, the joint has the ability to move. This type of hammer toe can be straightened manually. A rigid hammer toe does not have that same ability to move. Movement is very limited and can be extremely painful. This sometimes causes foot movement to become restricted leading to extra stress at the ball-of-the-foot, and possibly causing pain and the development of corns and calluses. Follow this link to learn more about hammer toe products.


Hammer toes result from a muscle imbalance which causes the ligaments and tendons to become unnaturally tight. This results in the joint curling downward. Arthritis can also lead to many different forefoot deformities, including hammer toes.

Treatment and Prevention

Changing the type of footwear worn is a very important step in the treatment of hammer toes. When choosing a shoe, make sure the toe box (toe area) is high and broad, and can accommodate the hammer toes. A shoe with a high, broad toe box will provide enough room in the forefoot area so that there is less friction against the toes. Other conservative treatments include using forefoot products designed to relieve hammer toes, such as hammer toe crests and hammer toe splints. These devices will help hold down the hammer toe and provide relief to the forefoot. Gel toe shields and gel toe caps are also recommended to eliminate friction between the shoe and the toe, while providing comfort and lubrication.

If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.

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