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Hammertoes are a condition that is caused by an imbalance in the muscles of the foot. 


Hammertoes are a condition in which the second toe is bent at the middle joint and the third toe is bent at the middle joint. Hammerotes can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight or too short, or by wearing shoes with high heels for long periods of time.

Q. What are the causes of hammertoes?

  • genetics
  • poor shoes
  • neuromuscular disease
  • trauma to your toes
  • abnormal balance of the toe muscles

Q. What are the symptoms of hammertoes?

  • a joint in your toe that's getting rigid
  • pain - usually at the top of your bent toe
  • pain in the ball of your foot
  • corn and calluses at the top of your joint
  • redness, inflammation or burning sensation 
  • restricted or painful motion of your big toe joint
  • swelling at your joint

Q. What are the risk factors of hammertoes?

  • the risk of hammertoes increases with age
  • women are more likely to develop hammertoes than men
  • if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • arthritis and diabetes can make you prone to developing foot deformities
  • heredity 

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