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A term for progressive symptoms and joint changes that involve one or more of your toes. A hammertoe is a joint on your toe that points up instead of lying flat. 

This deformity happens because muscles in your foot or leg get weak and the tendons to your toe pull abnormally. You might find that you also have a corn or callus on top of your deformed toe, which may be painful.

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Eventually, you may be unable to move the affected toe.


There are three types of hammertoes:

  • Flexible Hammertoes: A flexible hammertoe is still developing, so the affected toes are still able to move at the joint.

  • Semi-Rigid: The hammertoe is starting to stiffen.

  • Rigid Hammertoes: A rigid hammertoe can no longer move because the tendons and soft tissues have tightened.


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Abnormal muscle balance in your toe can lead to increased pressure on the tendon and joints, which causes a hammertoe. Causes of that muscle imbalance include:

  • Genes

  • Poor Shoes

  • Neuromuscular disease

  • Trauma

Consult a Foot and Ankle Surgeon to have your hammertoes be treated and corrected. Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles that is able to help with your hammertoe.

We look forward to meeting your foot and ankle needs.

Our Los Angeles Foot Doctor is Certified by the The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, is a California Licensed Podiatrist and has a Doctorate Degree in Podiatric Medicine.

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