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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Treating Hammertoe | 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

Treating Hammertoe

So named because of the bending of one or both joints in a toe causing it to resemble a hammer, Hammertoe is a condition we see often at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists. Hammertoe can affect any toe except the big toe. The awkward angle of the toe causes irritation and pain when wearing certain shoes. In addition, corns may form on the top, side, or end of the toes, and calluses on the bottom of the toes or on the ball of the foot, because of friction caused by the deformed parts of the toe rubbing on footwear.

What Causes Hammertoe?

Over time, structural changes may occur in the foot which results in a muscle/tendon imbalance, leading to hammertoe. This is the most common cause. Hammertoe can also happen if you have one toe that’s longer than the others and it gets continually cramped in your shoes. Sometimes Hammertoe is hereditary or the result of previous trauma to the toe.

Treatment Options

If you think you have a Hammertoe forming, it’s best to seek treatment sooner rather than later. Hammertoe will not go away on its own. The symptoms will worsen over time and the toe may become more rigid and unable to bend out of the hammer position. This will make it more painful and difficult to find footwear that doesn’t irritate it. Sores may form on the toe and walking could become difficult.

Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will first thoroughly examine your toe and foot. The podiatrist may also order x-rays (which can be done right in our Aberdeen office) to more fully assess the deformity and how far the Hammertoe has progressed. Next, they will determine the best treatment plan for you, which may include the following:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroid injections are also used to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Choosing better fitting shoes--since footwear can greatly aggravate Hammertoe, the right shoe is critical. Shoes should not have pointy toes or high heels---these types force your toe up against the front of the shoe. Choose shoes with a roomy toe box.
  •  Inserting orthotics into your footwear to help control the muscle/tendon imbalance
  • Padding for corns and calluses to help prevent further irritation
  • Splinting or strapping the Hammertoe to properly realign it


In severe cases, surgery may be required. Only a qualified foot and ankle surgeon can determine the correct course of treatment for Hammertoe. Make an appointment at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists online or by calling 732-566-2841.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Treating Hammertoe, 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