Hammertoe is a deformity that occurs in the feet, causing one of the middle toes to bend unnaturally. It's called as such because of the way an affected toe may resemble a hammer. Hammertoes that aren't treated properly may require surgery over time.
Corns and calluses are often associated with hammertoes, causing further discomfort. These can occur on the top of the middle joint of the toe, or on the tip of the toe. Patients who suffer from hammertoes may have trouble finding shoes that fit properly and comfortably as well.
Your physician may recommend a number of treatment options for hammertoes, such as wearing properly fitting footwear, performing toe exercises or surgical options.