People's feet on a train

“Hammer Time”

A hammertoe is formed from an abnormal balance of the muscles in the toes. This causes increased pressures on the tendons and joints of the toe, leading to the contracture or bending of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called the proximal interphalangeal joint. This bending causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Any toe can be involved, but … Read more

Problems With Your Toes?

Take a good look at your toes. Is one of your toes pointing down instead of out? Does it make an upside-down “V” at the first joint? Ouch. You have a hammer toe. A hammer toe generally refers to any bending or flexion of the toe beyond normal posture. Hammertoes result from muscle imbalance which causes the ligaments and tendons to become unnaturally tight. Causes include the following: Injury to … Read more