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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Facts About Hammertoes | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Facts About Hammertoes

At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we find most patients can readily identify a hammertoe because of its namesake appearance, but that’s where the knowledge about this toe deformity may stop. Below are some facts about hammertoes to help you get better acquainted with this condition and how it is treated.

Fact: Hammertoes can affect any toe but the big toe. It occurs when one or both joints of the toe begin to bend under.

Fact: The most common cause of a hammertoe is a muscle/tendon imbalance that results from structural or neurological changes in the foot. Other possible reasons behind a hammertoe include:

  • Genetics
  • An overly long toe that is constantly being pushed into a cramped position
  • An earlier trauma to the toe


Fact: Hammertoes are progressive. Hammertoes will not improve without some kind of treatment. Left untreated, they will only get worse. Eventually a hammertoe will become rigid in the bent position and when that happens, surgery is the only possible way of fixing it.

Fact: There are many conservative measures that the podiatrist can use to treat hammertoes in the early stages. Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel will examine your toe and may order x-rays to get a clearer picture of the degree of deformity and also to serve as a baseline to monitor the progression of the toe. A medical history and questions about how the symptoms developed will also be part of the evaluation. Then, the foot doctor can devise a treatment plan for you, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Orthotic devices—a custom orthotic may be prescribed to help correct the muscle/tendon imbalance.
  • Footwear modifications—changing to shoes with roomy toe boxes and ditching heels over 2 inches high will help relieve the pressure on a hammertoe.
  • Medications—to relieve hammertoe pain and inflammation, the podiatrist may recommend oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid injections.
  • Splinting or strapping—in an attempt to straighten and realign the toe, the foot doctor may apply small straps or splints.


Fact: Secondary problems may develop with hammertoes such as corns, calluses and open sores due to the friction and pressure from footwear on the top and sides of the bent toe.

Most hammertoes start out gradually. If you notice signs that one of your toes is beginning to curl under even slightly, contact our Aberdeen office at 732-566-2841 to have it evaluated.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Facts About Hammertoes, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen