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Hammertoes

hammertoeHammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the tendons, muscles, or ligaments that are responsible for holding the toes in their normal position. This condition may be caused by poor footwear, foot structure, trauma, and disease.

The shoes that are most likely to cause hammertoe are high heeled shoes or shoes that are too tight in the toe box. Tight shoes will force your toes to crowd together in a curled position. This position will likely continue when you take your shoes off. Another cause of hammertoes is trauma. When you stub your toe, for example, you're increasing your chance of developing a hammertoe.

There are risk factors that may make you more likely to develop this condition. Women are more likely to have the condition compared to men. Hammertoe is also more likely to appear in those who are older in age.

To diagnose someone with hammertoe, Dr. Haluska will need to conduct a thorough examination of your foot. He may even order an x-ray to evaluate the bones and joints of your feet and toes.

Prior to meeting with Dr. Haluska, it would be helpful to make a list of all the symptoms you're experiencing. You should also take note of medications you're taking and important personal information about your medical history.

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