Hammer Toe Treatment Specialist

Manhattan Footcare

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Brooklyn, NY & Midtown East, New York, NY

If you’re dealing with painful and unsightly hammertoes, you can get relief right away. At Manhattan Footcare in Brooklyn and the Midtown Manhattan region of New York City, foot specialists Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, have considerable experience helping their patients get rid of hammertoes and the problems that come with them. To find out more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Hammer Toe Treatment Q & A

What are hammertoes?

A hammertoe is a condition in which your toe bends at the middle joint, forming a hammer-like shape. The condition, which is progressive, can affect all of your toes except your big toe. It starts out as a minor contracture, and it can develop into a permanent state, where your toe cannot be straightened even when you press on it.

While the toe deformity presents its own problems, it can also lead to calluses and corns that develop on top of the joint as your toe rubs up against your shoe.

What causes hammertoes?

Hammertoes are caused by an imbalance in your tendons, muscles, and ligaments, which is usually caused by:


The chief offender when it comes to hammertoes is pointy shoes, especially those with heels that force your toes against the front of your shoes.


If you injure your toe by breaking or stubbing it, you may be more prone to developing the condition.

Structural issues

If your second toe is longer than your big toe, you’re more at risk for developing hammertoe in that toe.


Certain types of arthritis may result in hammertoes, especially osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

How are hammertoes treated?

After examining your condition, Dr. Menna or Dr, Pace will come up with a plan based on the extent of the contracture. If they catch your hammertoe in the early stages, they will typically recommend:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Inserts and pads
  • Toe exercises
  • Getting shoes with more room for your toes

If your hammertoe has progressed to the point where your toe won’t straighten easily, they may recommend surgery to release the tendon that’s holding your toe in the bent position. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can return home the same day. While you may be able to bear weight on your foot immediately, you should avoid putting great strain on it for a week or two to allow time for your toe to heal.

To learn more about your treatment options for hammertoes, call Manhattan Footcare or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.