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Hammer Toe Causes

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Hammer toe is a treatable condition in which one or more toes become deformed and curl downward due to arthritis, a muscle imbalance, or ill-fitting shoes. Other causes include tightened ligaments in the foot, a high foot arch, or nerve damage. Over 200,000 cases of hammer toe occur in the U.S. each year. In some cases, newborn babies are born with this condition, but hammer toe usually develops over a long period of time. Symptoms A common visual symptom of hammer toe is the downward bending of the affected toe along with the inability to flex or wiggle the toe. There is also a certain amount of pain and discomfort associated with this condition when walking, putting on shoes, or moving the toe. A hard corn or callous may develop
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