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Hammer toe: Hammertoes form when a foot muscle gets weak. The weakness may be from diabetic nerve damage. The weakened muscle makes the tendons in the ... more about Hammer toe.

Hammer toe: Toe bent into hammer-like shape. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Hammer toe is available below.

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Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Hammertoes form when a foot muscle gets weak. The weakness may be from diabetic nerve damage. The weakened muscle makes the tendons in the foot shorter and makes the toes curl under the feet. You may get sores on the bottoms of your feet and on the tops of your toes. The feet can change their shape. Hammertoes can cause problems with walking and finding shoes that fit well. Hammertoes can run in the family. Wearing shoes that are too short can also cause hammertoes. (Source: excerpt from Keep Your Feet and Skin Healthy: NIDDK)

Foot Care -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

Hammertoe is caused by a shortening of the tendons that control toe movements. The toe knuckle is usually enlarged, drawing the toe back. Over time, the joint enlarges and stiffens as it rubs against shoes. Your balance may be affected. Wearing shoes and stockings with plenty of toe room is a treatment for hammertoe. In very serious cases, surgery may be needed. (Source: excerpt from Foot Care -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

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A deformed toe which is bent in a clawlike arch - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

 

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