How To Fix A Hammer Toe?

Treatment for mild hammer toe

  • Exercises such as picking up marbles with the toe.
  • Switching to proper footwear with low heels and a roomy box.
  • Gently stretching the toe manually several times a day.
  • A podiatrist may be able to create a shoe insert to reduce pain and stop the hammer toe from worsening.

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.

How do you straighten a hammer toe?

Your doctor or physical therapist may be able to suggest more exercises.

  1. Gently pull on your toes to stretch the bent joints. For example, if a joint bends up, gently stretch it down.
  2. Do towel curls. Put a towel flat under your feet and use your toes to crumple it.
  3. Do marble pickups.

Can you fix hammer toes without surgery?

Wear sensible shoes.

If you don’t want to have surgery to fix your hammertoe, Dr. Stock suggests using non-medicated padding along with proper shoes made with a wider and deeper toe box to accommodate your foot’s shape.

What does a hammer toe look like?

A hammer toe is a toe that has an abnormal bend in its middle joint, making the toe bend downward to look like a hammer. This painful condition forms due to an imbalance in the surrounding muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally keep the toe straight. Hammer toes are flexible to begin with.