Our Midtown and Downtown New York foot doctors offer comprehensive Hammertoe services including assessment, diagnosis, and advanced surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help restore the function to your foot and eliminate any pain. During a one-on-one consultation, our team can determine which option is best suited for your specific case, lifestyle, and budget.


An abnormal bend in one of the joints of the toe.


Symptoms include swelling, redness, pain, and the formation of wounds at the top of the joint.

Treatment Options

Padding, orthotics, high toe box shoes, surgery.

Treatment Option Description (with Duration)

Conservative options for treating hammertoe include protecting the area with pads or using shoes that have a high toe box to avoid friction injuries incurred when the top of the shoe rubs against the toe while walking. Orthotics that restore the proper alignment of the foot may help to reduce the deformity. If the deformity is particularly troublesome, surgery may be required. Surgery can be a simple release of soft tissue structures or may require work on the bone itself, depending on the cause and severity of your condition as evaluated by your doctor.

Expected Outcome

Most hammertoes are progressive and will get worse over time. Outcomes of conservative treatment may be enough in mild cases, but in more severe cases surgery may be needed to have a favorable outcome. At To Healthy Feet Podiatry, we perform minimally invasive surgery, also known as microsurgery, to help straighten the toes with fewer and much smaller incisions, minimal scarring, and shorter recovery time.

Say Goodbye to Foot Pain 

If your Hammertoe is causing you pain or discomfort, our NYC foot doctors can help! Serving the Downtown and Midtown Manhattan areas of NYC, we help you get back to healthy and happy living. Call us at 917-398-3668 or book an appointment online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hammertoes can be caused by a variety of factors including heredity and footwear. Wearing good quality shoes that support your feet properly helps to prevent rapid progression of hammering.

The front of a shoe where your toes sit is referred to as a toe box. In some shoes the toe box is quite low, meaning the fabric is in close contact with the toes. In shoes with a high toe box, the top covering of the shoe at the toe is raised enough that the toes do not come in contact with the material. This allows room for the hammertoe so that it does not rub.

A hammertoe is when there is contraction at the joint causing the toe not to lie flat. A corn is more similar to a callus. While both can be painful, a corn is a soft tissue problem whereas a hammertoe is bony.



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