Can you reverse a hammer toe?
The toe resembles a hammer, hence the name.
Fortunately, hammertoe can be reversed.
Wearing shoes that fit properly and allow toes plenty of room to stretch out, and generally avoiding ill-fitting, tight or high-heeled shoes.
If the toe has become stiff and permanently bent, the toe can be straightened with surgery.
Can hammer toes be corrected without surgery?
It is possible to treat flexible hammer toe without surgery, often by simply switching to better shoes. A person can reduce the symptoms of a flexible hammer toe by avoiding high heels and wearing loose shoes that are at least a half-inch longer than the longest toe.
How can I straighten my toes without surgery?
Your doctor or physical therapist may be able to suggest more exercises.
- Gently pull on your toes to stretch the bent joints. For example, if a joint bends up, gently stretch it down.
- Do towel curls. Put a towel flat under your feet and use your toes to crumple it.
- Do marble pickups.
How do you fix hammer toes with tape?
If your toe joint is flexible, you can also try: Taping a hammer toe. Wrap tape under the big toe (or the toe next to the hammer toe), then over the hammer toe, and then under the next toe. This gently forces the hammer toe into a normal position.