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.
- 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.
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.