Hammer, claw, and mallet toes are deformities that almost always affect the lesser toes
Hammer, claw, and mallet toes are deformities that almost always affect the lesser toes (those other than the big toe). Each condition involves a different toe joint or combination of toe joints. The muscles that control toe movement become imbalanced, causing the toes to bend into an odd position at one or more joints. This can be painful and uncomfortable, especially while walking, as the toe presses and rubs against the shoe. Hammer, claw, and mallet toes develop slowly, over years. Shoe gear can usually aggravate the problem, but it is not the cause of hammer toes. Conservative treatment for hammer toes are padding and wider shoe gear which only helps with the pain. The deformity can only be corrected by surgery. Surgeries are outpatient and you can walk the same day after surgery.