Hammertoe occurs when the muscles in your feet become unbalanced and your toe develops a bend, usually in the middle toe joint. Hammertoes are often associated with bunions that can contribute to the development of hammertoes. Pain can result from the undue pressure hammertoes can create in shoe fit, or pressure on the toe as you stand and walk.
Hammertoe can be more flexible or more rigid. It is important to treat hammertoes early. As they advance and lose flexibility, the only option for correction may be surgery. Hammertoes can cause complications such as corns or calluses, or even ulcers, at the point where they come into contact with the shoes.