The goal of treatment is to ease pressure on the toe. Choices are:
- Wearing shoes with roomy toe boxes
- Splinting the toe
- Padding the toe
- Using shoe inserts
Some people with severe hammer toe may need surgery. Choices are:
- Cutting or transferring tendons
- Fusing the middle joint of the toe together
- Removing part of the toe or joint
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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