What is a hammer toe?
Hammer toe is typically a deformity of the second toe. It is often caused by wearing narrow shoes with little to no arch support but can be due to a range of medical conditions.
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.
Claw toe is a similar condition with many of the same root causes, however it differs in that all three joints of a toe can be affected and it often effects all fours smaller toes at the same time.
Hammer toe can be extremely painful but there are treatments available to correct the condition and help alleviate the symptoms. Surgery can be an option if more non evasive treatments do not work.
Causes of hammer toes
The risk of hammer toe rises with age but the condition can also be a result of footwear choices over the years such as high heels with tight, narrow toe boxes or pointed styles.
Other causes included a broken toe or certain medical conditions such as arthritis or diabetes.
Genetic factors can also increase the likelihood of getting hammer toe.
Problems Created By Hammer Toe or Claw Toes
As the affected toe is bent over it can cause the top of the toe to rub against footwear causing corns and callouses on the middle joint. Hammer toe can also cause swelling, redness and a burning sensation of the affected area.
Rubbing can also affect the neighboring toes, especially if the hammer toe is twisted to one side.Recommended Footwear For Hammer Toe and Claw Toe
If you suffer from Hammer Toe or Claw Toe it is important that you choose footwear with enough depth so that the top of affected toe(s) do not rub against the top of the shoe.
It is also important that the shoe is wide enough to give the toes space so they are not cramped or overlapping.
Shoes which are not wide or deep enough will increase the risk of corns, calluses and can make walking extremely uncomfortable.
We would recommend that you look at width fittings 4E (higher if the condition is very severe). If you also have other foot issues or have very wide feet then look at our 6E or 8E range for lots of extra width and depth.
We also always recommend choosing shoes with soft leather uppers with this condition to reduce running and irritation.
Regardless of the severity of your Hammertoe we have a range of suitable footwear to give you relief and comfort.
Please click on the links below to review our recommended range of shoes for hammer toe.